COLUMBUS—State Senator Frank LaRose (R-Hudson) met today with a delegation from Germany and a delegation composed of leaders from India and Pakistan to discuss elections policy. The delegations traveled to Ohio to gain a better understanding of American politics and state election systems.  The German delegation trip was organized by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, which is Germany's oldest organization to promote democracy, political education and promote students of outstanding intellectual ability. The delegation of leaders from India and Pakistan came to the Statehouse as part of a legislative exchange program sponsored by the U.S. State Department.
The German delegation, consisting of members of the German Parliament and senior staff, wants to learn first-hand from officials in a U.S. swing state in hopes of taking applicable strategies back for the future German federal elections.
LaRose also participated in a discussion with Pakistani and Indian leaders which was hosted by the International Visitors Council of Columbus. Participants in the program met this week with Senate members and staff to learn about key policy issues and legislative processes in Ohio's state government. The program is intended to impart practical knowledge in regard to democratic governance that participants can take back to their home country.
"We may come from different cultures, but I was inspired by our mutual passion for the democratic process," said Senator LaRose. "Today's discussion focused on our mutual desire to increase political participation so that democracy can flourish."
Eight fellows traveled to the Ohio Statehouse from India and Pakistan bringing with them significant experience in election administration, democracy building, community activism and legislative affairs.
LaRose has championed fair, transparent, and efficient elections in Ohio, and shared his experience in spearheading election-related legislation during his tenure in the Ohio Senate. LaRose and the program participants discussed the contrasts and similarities between Ohio elections and Pakistani elections and brainstormed methods that will promote transparency and accessibility in elections at all levels.

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