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.