From Arkansas to Kyrgyzstan

Judith Davis

Elections are not flawless. And, the U.S. system of democracy is not perfect. Yet, many countries are trying to emulate them.

Judith Davis is an American who has trained people in Russia and Central Asia on how to establish non-partisan elections from debates to get out the vote campaigns.

Thirty-two years ago, Davis helped start a provisional League of Women Voters in Conway, Ark.

She is now on the League's national board. Her path there has wound its way through Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, where she trained civic and union leaders, party officials, candidates and the media.

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