Two Democratic election officials are set to advise international observers planning to view the U.S. presidential election, offering a hand to a group that backs quotas for more women candidates and one that also cheers the "historic candidacy of Hillary Clinton."

On the Monday before Election Day, a Democratic member of the Federal Election Commission and one from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission are scheduled to be part of an orientation session for potentially hundreds of foreign officials who will view the November elections.

The International Foundation for Electoral Systems, meeting in Washington election week, will hear from FEC Commissioner Ann Ravel and Election Assistance Commission Chairman Thomas Hicks, according to an agenda put out by the group.

Ravel is expected to address finance issues and Hicks election reform in a panel titled, "Helping America Vote?"

The following day, November 8, the conventioneers will fan out across Washington, Maryland and Virginia to observe presidential election polling places. On the day after the election, the group plans to address the results.

Officials attending and observing Election Day are expected from English, French, Arabic and Spanish speaking nations. Event planners said that the official convention language will be in English, but translations in "Arabic, French and Spanish" will be offered.

It is the Arlington, Va.-based group's main event, one it said on its website that "brings together election officials, parliamentarians and diplomats from around the world to observe and learn about the U.S. electoral system as well as discuss elections and voting from comparative international perspectives."

While the group simply plans to view a handful of sites, any foreign observation of U.S. elections has been controversial, even though the United States regularly dispatches observers overseas. This year the election and how votes are cast has become more controversial amid suggestions from Republican Donald Trump that the system will be "rigged" against him. He plans to enlist his own election observers to counter the Democratic lawyers commonly sent to observe polling places.

The group the two Democrats are speaking to promotes "free and fair" elections around the world. It has advocated especially for women candidates, and with along with the State Department it called for candidate quotas favoring women.

During its conference in Washington, one session is dedicated to Clinton. "The historic candidacy of Hillary Clinton, the first female nominee of a major political party, has renewed the discussion about the opportunities and obstacles that women face in electoral politics. Speakers at this breakfast briefing will evaluate the impact of this election cycle on increasing women's leadership in the electoral process," said the agenda.

While she is lending a hand to the foreign election observer group, Ravel at the next FEC meeting plans to push hard for a ban on foreign corporate contributions on U.S. elections. She'd like to limit donations from U.S.-based arms of foreign companies, even from American workers at those companies.

Ravel has traveled overseas and given speeches critical of the U.S. election system. In Canada last year, for example, she said the U.S. system favors white men.

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