Democracies do not stop just with elections

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But we must recognize that democracies don’t stop just with elections;

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they also depend on strong institutions and a vibrant civil society, and

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open political space, and tolerance of people who are different than you.

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  We have to create an environment where the rights of every citizen, regardless of race or gender, or religion or sexual orientation are not only protected, but respected.

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