International Poll Watchers Set to Monitor U.S. Elections, Conservatives Outraged
When you think of international election monitors, you normally think of new or struggling democracies. Well, America may not be a new democracy, bit it is certainly struggling, as evidenced by the international U.N. election workers who will be monitoring U.S. elections come November.
International poll monitors from Europe and Asia are heading to the U.S. in an effort to thwart voter suppression by right wing groups, and that has conservatives livid.
According to The Hill, “The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), a United Nations partner on democratization and human rights projects, will deploy 44 observers around the country on Election Day to monitor an array of activities, including potential disputes at polling places.”
Liberal groups alerted the international organization to systemic attempts made by conservatives to undermine the vote among left-leaning demographics.
A letter signed by concerned groups, including the ACLU and NAACP, warned of “a coordinated political effort to disenfranchise millions of Americans — particularly traditionally disenfranchised groups like minorities.”
Catherine Engelbrecht, founder and president of the conservative *watchdog* group True the Vote, said the United Nations has no jurisdiction over American elections.”
After the stolen election of 2000, it is no surprise that international monitors have taken an interest in U.S. presidential elections. For the first time in U.S. history, the Supreme Court intervened in an election and selected a president. George W. Bush was illegitimate and liberal organizations don’t want to see a repeat of 2000 in 2012.
This is all made more urgent by recent reports that Mitt Romney’s son, Tagg Romney, may have an investment in Ohio voting machines. The more people on the ground to monitor this upcoming election, the better.
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