Will the US election be free and fair?

The Take discusses the role of international observers in the 2020 presidential election.

Mail-in ballots sit in a sorting machine at the Santa Clara County registrar of voters' office on October 13, 2020 in San Jose, California. The Santa Clara County registrar of voters is preparing to process thousands of ballots as early voting gets under way in the state of California [Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP]

The 2020 vote will have the fewest international observers of any United States election, despite having some of the biggest-ever concerns about the integrity of the vote: court disputes over mail-in ballots, loosened restrictions on voter intimidation, and an administration that has left the public guessing on whether it will commit to a peaceful transfer of power.

So what is the role of international observers in the US, and why is it different from many of the countries the US itself observes?

In this episode:

Avery Davis-Roberts, associate director of the Democracy Program at The Carter Center; Al Jazeera journalist, Alan Fisher; and Jasmeet Sidhu, senior researcher with the End Gun Violence campaign at Amnesty International.

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The team:

Alexandra Locke produced this episode with Abigail Ony Nwaohuocha, Dina Kesbeh, Negin Owliaei, Priyanka Tilve, Amy Walters, Ney Alvarez and Malika Bilal.

Alex Roldan is The Take’s sound designer. Natalia Aldana is the engagement producer. Stacey Samuel is The Take’s executive producer and Graelyn Brashear is Al Jazeera’s head of audio.

Source: Al Jazeera