Last week, the Biden administration hosted its much anticipated Summit for Democracy, bringing together more than 100 democratic and democratic-aspiring states for a virtual two-day conference to surface “bold, practical ideas” for fighting authoritarianism and corruption, and promoting human rights.

While some good faith skeptics have questioned the efficacy of the summit and the inclusion of certain invitees with shaky democratic commitments, the enterprise stood as an important acknowledgement of the need for transnational solidarity among those devoted to the defense and expansion of global democracy.

Significant action is needed to bring life to what are, for now, just words on a page. To clean up governance, we must clean up elections.

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