The comparative study of external voting practices around the world was conducted for the Voting from abroad: The International IDEA Handbook published by International IDEA in 2007. This was a joint publication produced in partnership with the Federal Electoral Institute of Mexico (Instituto Federal Electoral, IFE). The study was conducted under the systematic direction of the International Department of the IFE. The data was collected by a group of researchers who conducted desk research reviewing national electoral legislation from around the world that address external voting practices. National legislation was compiled from various sources, including the official web portals of governments, regional organizations working in the area of democracy and electoral processes, and research institutes specialized in the area of elections and politics.
The comparative data on external voting collected for Voting from abroad: The International IDEA Handbook were later transferred to Voting from Abroad section of IDEA’s Global Database on Elections and Democracy (a compilation of International IDEA’s key databases brought together under one common interface).
We conduct regular desk research and periodic global studies which involve regional researchers and organizations that contribute the most current data on new regional developments.
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