The purpose of this handbook is to provide guidance on how to approach voter registration as part of the overall observation of an election. While ODIHR has included voter registration in its general methodology for observing elections, this handbook aims to provide a more systematic and comprehensive approach to observing this critical part of the election process.
A better understanding of the legislative and administrative aspects of voter registration will enhance the work of analysts and observers in ODIHR election observation activities. This handbook aims primarily at election and legal analysts, but other core team members of election observation missions (EOM), as well as long-term observers (LTOs) and short-term observers (STOs), will also benefit from this handbook. While this handbook is mainly aimed at EOMs, members of election assessment missions (EAMs) and other ODIHR election observation activities could also benefit from referring to the handbook. ODIHR hopes that other international and domestic observer groups will also use it for their observation activities.