Giovanna Maiola, spokeswoman for OSCE, has said the monitors won’t limit their observations to what goes on at the polls but will also be 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 different states.
This is not the first time that OSCE had monitored a US election but the monitoring is making news this time due to all the complaints and warnings of fraud from both liberals and conservatives. Changes in election laws to require photo identification have the liberals screaming voter suppression and events such as the ACORN fraud in 2008 have the conservatives concerned.
It’s important to note here that these foreign observers are not being requested by any conservative group. Only the liberals have asked that the election be monitored by the UN.
Liberals have always been fond of the United Nations and have never failed to desire to give the UN more power and funding. It should not be surprising that they would turn to the UN for assistance when they feel their votes are being suppressed at the polls. And, for the record, no one is being denied the right to vote.
Aside from the fact that our election is none of the UN’s business, their monitors seem to think our election process should emulate that of other countries they have monitored. Criticizing the election process in the United States, after more than two hundred twenty five years of free elections, is outrageous.
Here is an example from a 2004 monitoring report:
“The observers said they had less access to polls than in Kazakhstan, that the electronic voting had fewer fail-safes than in Venezuela, that the ballots were not so simple as in the Republic of Georgia and that no other country had such a complex national election system. . “To be honest, monitoring elections in Serbia a few months ago was much simpler,” said Konrad Olszewski, an election observer stationed in Miami by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. . “They have one national election law and use the paper ballots I really prefer over any other system,” Olszewski said… “Unlike almost every other country in the world, there is not one national election today,” said Gould, who has been involved in 90 election missions in 70 countries. “The decentralized system means that rules vary widely county by county, so there are actually more than 13,000 elections today.” Variations in local election law not only make it difficult for election monitors to generalize on a national basis, but also prohibit the observers from entering polling stations at all in some states and counties. Such laws mean that no election observers from the organization are in Ohio, a swing state fraught with battles over voter intimidation and other polling issues.”
There are some states that have laws disallowing international observers access during voting, but most states do not. Every state should pass such a law. Having foreigners involved in our election process in any way is an affront to our national sovereignty and sets a dangerous precedent that could eventually lead to horrible consequences. The United Nations should keep it’s nose out of our elections.