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International Observers Set to Watch U.S. Elections

Why in the world would we need international observers for our elections, especially observers being requested by liberal activist groups? If anything, we need observers to do the job that some legislatures are unwilling to do when it comes to voter identification, but that’s not what they’ll be here for. They’ll be here to watch for “voter suppression”, a myth devised to combat voter ID laws. When suppression happens, it tends to be misguided individuals, not large-scale fraud like groups like ACORN perpetrated. It’s causing a stir:

Liberal-leaning civil rights groups met with representatives from the OSCE this week to raise their fears about what they say are systematic efforts to suppress minority voters likely to vote for President Obama.

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the NAACP and the ACLU, among other groups, warned this month in a letter to Daan Everts, a senior official with OSCE, of “a coordinated political effort to disenfranchise millions of Americans — particularly traditionally disenfranchised groups like minorities.”

The request for foreign monitoring of election sites drew a strong rebuke from Catherine Engelbrecht, founder and president of True the Vote, a conservative-leaning group seeking to crack down on election fraud.

“These activist groups sought assistance not from American sources, but from the United Nations,” she said in a statement to The Hill. “The United Nations has no jurisdiction over American elections.”

Engelbrecht is correct, and thanks to this briefing, the foreign observers are coming in with a liberal bias. Conservatives seeking to point out places where poll workers aren’t following the law may now have more than Obama campaign volunteers to deal with, but also unsanctioned international observers. Give me a break.

  • oldngrumpy

    Perhaps someone could explain what “jurisdiction” True the Vote has over US elections other than being typical right wing self deluded guardians of their rightful place in the grand order of things as they perceive it. What exactly does this group do at a polling place? What criteria do they have to alert them of potential voter fraud? The only possibility I see is the harassment of brown people.

    True the Vote has not been invited by any voting district or precinct that I am aware of, and even if they were they have no authority to question anyone who is there to vote. You tightie righties are going to have to accept the fact that you are not the arbitrators of all things American. We quite often request UN presence in the election process of other countries where irregularities and suppression is expected. They have actually observed every national election since the hanging chad fiasco that prompted the Supreme Court to give the 2000 election to Bush. They do nothing except report any attempt to illegitimately influence voters or the counting of votes. For all the crying you have done in the last 10 yrs without being able to show evidence for your paranoia one would think you would welcome an impartial observer to “finally” expose the rampant corruption you think is happening. (How else could Obama have won – right?) The fact that True the Vote is objecting to the presence of this unbiased (They really don’t care if Romney or Obama is President as they are practically interchangeable) observer tells much more about their intent than anything else.

  • bob108

    This is great news. We need to shine the light on Republican efforts to steal yet another election. Any honest person who is aware of what has been occurring in US politics for a minimum of the past 16 years knows that the criminal organization referred to as the Republican party has been attacking our election system from every conceivable angle. This includes voter caging and voter id laws aimed at democratic voters, removing sufficient voting machines from democratic districts, collecting voter registrations and throwing away the democratic registrations, hacking voting machines, sending democrats cards with wrong election dates, etc. Investigations into supposed “voter fraud” has uncovered less than two dozen actual cases over the past ten years. However, voter id laws are disenfranchising millions of legitimate voters, mostly democrats.
    It’s time we had some help exposing these crimes.