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October 20, 2012

U.S. Requires Election Monitoring from UN

Filed under: Uncategorized — trp2011 @ 8:42 PM  This fall’s general election is bringing the United States closer and closer to becoming a Third-World country. In the past, people from this country have gone other places to help them avoid voter fraud. Now 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 such as True the Vote, which has tried voter suppression tactics before.

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the NAACP, the ACLU, and other groups sent a letter to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), a United Nations partner on democratization and human rights projects, warning of “a coordinated political effort to disenfranchise millions of Americans — particularly traditionally disenfranchised groups like minorities.” Forty-four observers from countries such as Germany, France, Serbia, Belarus, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan will observe voting at polling places and other political activity.

“They [will] observe the overall election process, not just the ballot casting,” said Giovanna Maiola, spokeswoman for OSCE. “They are focusing on a number of areas on the state level, including the legal system, election administration, the campaign, the campaign financing [and] new voting technologies used in the different states.”

A conservative organization, True the Vote, hopes to deploy hundreds of thousands of volunteers at polling stations to monitor election fraud, claiming that these poll watchers are well-trained. One example of their training is in their New Mexico videos that instruct poll challengers to “compare the photo on a voter’s ID to the voter. No photo ID is needed to cast a ballot in New Mexico.

Today I read a letter to my local newspaper about the need for photo ID in order to vote. Following is my response:

People who want mandatory photo ID for voters ignore the fact there have been ten cases of voter impersonation fraud since 2000. The privileged, usually white, class finds it almost impossible to imagine that anyone in this country would have trouble getting this ID. Yet the poor may have no access to transportation for these IDs, can’t get time off from their jobs to get them, and don’t have money for the necessary resources like birth certificates. About 11 percent of adult citizens–more than 21 million people–lack a valid, government-issued photo ID, according to a study by the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law. The number rises to 20 percent for citizens over 65.

The states with these restrictive laws are all Republican controlled. Their legislators want to make voting “harder.” Students will vote “as liberal” because they “just vote their feelings” according to the New Hampshire House Speaker. An Ohio Republican senator said, “[Voting] should not be easy.” The Republicans also want to eliminate votes for Democrats.  Pennsylvania House Majority Leader Mike Turzai said, “Voter ID, which is going to allow Governor [Mitt] Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania, done!” The conservatives have already gerrymandered the districts; the least they can do is let people vote.

If people really cared about stopping voter fraud instead of stopping votes for Democrats, they would address real problems such as stuffed and lost ballot boxes, trashed voter registration forms, rigged voting machines, destroyed provisional ballots, etc. Yes, all these problems are covered by existing laws, but so is voter impersonation.

Supporters of mandatory voter IDs are fond of using the analogy of photo ID requirements for boarding airplanes and purchasing alcohol. They don’t understand that voting is a constitutional right; flying and drinking aren’t. Keeping citizens from voting is voter fraud.

The Brennan Center report has warned that “The states that have already cut back on voting rights will provide 171 electoral votes in 2012-63 percent of the 270 needed to win the presidency.”   machines,


  1. Too bad there are only 44 observers. I at least hope they plan to monitor the states that have been putting voter suppression laws in the books. It’s a sad day when the great United States that used to proclaim democracy was the greatest system in the world and tried to make sure elections in other countries were truly democratic now has fallen so far as to need to have its own elections monitored. It’s sadder still when so few Americans seem to care.


    Comment by gkparker — October 20, 2012 @ 9:43 PM | Reply

  2. Reblogged this on lynchly.


    Comment by lynchly — October 20, 2012 @ 9:37 PM | Reply

  3. This is absolutely nauseating news.


    Comment by lynchly — October 20, 2012 @ 9:37 PM | Reply

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