“International monitors at US polling spots”

by Walter Olson on October 24, 2012

Great moments in international human rights: “United Nations-affiliated election monitors from Europe and central Asia will be at polling places around the U.S. looking for voter suppression activities by conservative groups … Liberal-leaning civil rights groups met with representatives from the OSCE this week.” OSCE stands for “Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), a United Nations partner on democratization and human rights projects.” [Alexander Bolton, The Hill]

More: Julian Ku writes that although the OSCE is transnational, it is not “U.N.-affiliated,” and notes that contrary to some speculation, the observers’ appearance was unrelated to a separate request to the U.N. by the NAACP asking it to regulate voting methods in the U.S.

{ 7 comments }

1 doug 10.24.12 at 8:52 am

Milwaukee would be a great place for them to go and watch.

2 Ed 10.24.12 at 10:07 am

So will they also be looking for Liberal suppression of votes — i.e. the Black Panthers in Philadelphia?

3 ps 10.24.12 at 11:19 am

these must be the UN people too afraid to monitor elections in places like Zimbabwe.

4 Evan 10.24.12 at 12:18 pm

all OSCE member counties, which include the United States, have committed since 1990 to hold free and democratic elections and to allow one another to observe their elections.
This sounds fine with me. If letting them stand around at our polling places is what it takes to let people watch and issue reports on maybe-fraudulent foreign elections, I’m totally fine with it.

Though, it’d be much better if they’d accept tips from conservative groups too…

5 Black Death 10.24.12 at 1:34 pm

The OSCE has 56 members, including such vigorous democracies as Belarus, Russia, Albania, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Serbia.

The Attorney General of Texas is threatening to lock up the observers! (http://www.osce.org/odihr/elections/96639)

6 No Name Guy 10.24.12 at 3:54 pm

Sounds like they need to get on down to Florida….or is it Seattle (where the suppression letters are post marked).

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/10/23/fake-voter-registration-letters-raise-alarm-in-florida-with-early-voting-set-to/

Oh yeah, that’s right….only R’s suppress D’s….[face palm]….sorry for bringing it up.

7 GregS 10.25.12 at 1:05 pm

Sounds like those liberal-leaning civil rights groups are gearing up to re-fight the election in the courts wherever their favored candidates don’t win at the ballot box.

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