Mahmoud (election advisor from Egypt) and Zakaria (Social development officer from Morocco) pose with Romney Campaign worker

11 young legislative professionals from Kuwait, Oman, Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, and Morocco get a first-hand view of the 2012 Presidential Election.

After initial trainings in Washington, D.C., the 11 participating in Legacy’s Legislative Fellows Program traveled to the “swing-states” of Virginia, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina for fellowships in election campaigns.  Fellows are working in the campaigns of Governor Romney, President Obama, Tim Kaine, and other local and state candidates.

Fellows were placed equally in the campaigns of Republican and Democratic candidates and are participating mainly in “get-out-the-vote” activities and election observation.

Naseera (Moroccan media expert) welcomes volunteers to the Obama Campaign offices.

This fellowship offers young professionals the opportunity to observe and analyze the American election system up-close, learn volunteer management, grassroots organizing, campaign strategy, social advocacy, and voter communication and persuasion techniques.

Fellows will return to Washington, D.C. after the election to plan follow-on projects to implement in their home countries.