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Completed Election Tours

WHAT: Washington Foreign Press Center Local Reporting Tour

TOPIC: Visit To Virginia Polling Places on "Super Tuesday"

WHEN: Tuesday, March 1, 2016

WHERE: Polling places in Alexandria, Arlington County, and Fairfax County, Virginia

BACKGROUND: On March 1st, or "Super Tuesday," the FPC will provide bus transportation on a first-come basis for foreign media who wish to visit polling places in Virginia. Media will be able to interview voters after they have finished voting and interview Board of Election officials to learn more about how U.S. elections are conducted.

The bus will depart from the FPC (14 & F Street NW) promptly at 7:00 a.m. and return at approximately 11:00 a.m. Participants must abide by all ground rules, especially the limitation on no media interviews within 40 feet from the entrance to a polling place.

Only the presidential race is on the ballot for the March 1st primary election, but for the general election to be held Tuesday, November 8, 2016 Virginia voters will also be given the opportunity to vote for a whole slate of different candidates at the Congressional, state, and local levels.

WHAT: Washington Foreign Press Center Domestic Reporting Tour

TOPIC: 2016 Elections: Covering the Sunshine State – A Preview of the Florida Primaries
WHEN: Wednesday, March 9 – Thursday, March 10, 2016 (suggested arrival date is March 8 to attend March 9 meetings)
WHERE: Miami, Florida
BACKGROUND: Florida is the 4th largest state by population in the United States, thus holding great influence in the presidential elections. It will be the largest of the five state primaries taking place on March 15 (the others will be in Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio), accounting for 99 of the 358 delegates at stake that day. This two-day reporting tour is an opportunity to engage directly with primary voters from the state’s many different demographics and walks of life, to have discussions with political analysts and academics, attend candidate events, and learn about get-out-the-vote efforts.
The tour is timed to take place around the two political party debates scheduled in Miami on March 9 and 10. The Democratic Party debate will take place on March 9 at Miami-Date Community College, and the Republican Party debate will be held March 10 at the University of Miami. This tour will have events scheduled around these debates, including attending a post-debate rally at the University of Miami and a focus group. The FPC is working on access to the debates and opportunities to join watch parties with Florida voters, however access to the debate venues cannot be guaranteed.
Participants will meet with local campaign officials, academic experts, and Miami-Dade county election officials. Due to the nature of election campaigns, many events are not yet scheduled or announced; the tour schedule will update as needed.

WHAT: New York Foreign Press Center Domestic Reporting Tour

TOPIC: Ohio: Presidential Primary 2016

WHEN: Wednesday, March 9 – Friday, March 11, 2016

WHERE: Columbus and Cleveland and rural communities in between

BACKGROUND: When it comes to predicting who the next president of the United States will be, there is no better state to look at than Ohio. According to data reaching back to 1896, Ohio has picked the winner more often than any other state. What is it about Ohio that makes it the ultimate bellwether state? We will find out by speaking with local politicians, political party leaders, election experts, and politically-active university students. We will also visit a farm between Columbus and Cleveland and speak with rural voters from the area. And of course, we will attend rallies of the presidential candidates. Join us March 9-11 on a tour to Columbus and Cleveland in the run-up to Ohio’s primary on March 15.

PROGRAM: The schedule will include meetings with the leadership of the Democratic and Republican parties, members of Ohio’s House of Representatives, election historians, political editors from the Columbus Dispatch, Ohio State University students, the CEO of the Republican National Convention, the Executive Director of the League of Women Voters of Ohio, and others. There will also be opportunities to engage directly with primary voters in urban and rural communities and to attend candidate functions, town halls, and forums.

WHAT: New York Foreign Press Center Local Reporting Tours

TOPIC: New York Primary Election Day Voting Observation in Harlem and Brooklyn

WHEN: Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.


Harlem: Second Canaan Baptist Church
10 Malcolm X Blvd, New York, NY 10026
Subway: 2/3 train to 110th Street

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Pkwy, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Subway: 2/3 to Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn Museum

BACKGROUND: This tour included the opportunity to observe the voting process and to conduct interviews with polling officials and voters on a voluntary basis.


WHAT:          New York Foreign Press Center Local Reporting Tour


TOPIC:          Connecticut - Primary Day Voting Observation

WHEN:          Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 8:00 a.m.

WHERE:       Meet at 799 UN Plaza and take bus to Connecticut

BACKGROUND:  Connecticuters or Nutmeggers (as residents of the State of Connecticut are called) will take to the polls to vote in the 2016 Presidential Primary in their home state.  At stake are 71 delegates for the Democratic Party and 28 delegates for the Republican Party.  Connecticut utilizes a closed primary system, in which only registered party members may vote in a party's primary. Media will visit polling stations in Stamford, Connecticut’s third largest city with a population of 130,000 and home to four Fortune 500 companies as well as the Town of Greenwich, in Fairfield County.