View Full Version : International monitors at US polling places draw criticism

10-21-2012, 01:16 AM
By Alexander Bolton - 10/20/12 12:00 PM ET

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, a concern raised by civil rights groups during a meeting this week. The intervention has drawn criticism from a prominent conservative-leaning group combating election fraud.

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 county on Election Day to monitor an array of activities, including potential disputes at polling places.

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.”

The 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.”

In a follow-up e-mail, Maiola noted that it is a limited election-observation mission. She said “the OSCE has regularly been invited to observe elections in the United States, in line with OSCE commitments.”

Access of international observers during voting is explicitly allowed in some states such as Missouri, South Dakota, North Dakota and New Mexico.

“State law does not generally provide for international observers,” Maiola said. “However, through our contacts at state and county level in certain states, we managed to secure invitations at local level and we have taken up the offer to observe. Where this is not possible, we will respect the state regulation on this matter and will not observe in precincts on Election Day.”

International observers will follow up on the concerns raised by civil rights groups.

“We attended their meeting, we took note of the issued they raised and we asked our observers in the field to follow up on them,” said Maiola.


10-21-2012, 10:45 AM
Sounds like UN socialists doing the job our Black Panthers used to do.

10-21-2012, 01:32 PM
Funny how they are looking for conservative voter suppression. Um, where were they during the Venezuelan elections? Oh, that's right. Voter suppression is good as long as it furthers left wing ideals.

10-21-2012, 02:53 PM
Funny how they are looking for conservative voter suppression. Um, where were they during the Venezuelan elections? Oh, that's right. Voter suppression is good as long as it furthers left wing ideals.

It would have been nice if they had been around during the 2008 primary when Obama supporters shouted down and intimidated (http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/25125/)female Hillary voters.

We Will Not Be Silenced (http://wewillnotbesilenced2008.com/index.htm)Highlights

Part 1, 3:35, “Obama supporters were going back through the crowd, telling the people that were on the other side of the table and people outside (Hillary supporters), that they could go home, that they had been counted. I turned and said ‘Don’t they need to sign a sheet first?’ And of course, that is how they are counted. A lot of those people who went home (without signing), English was not their first language.”


Part 2, 0:25, Dr. Linda Hayes: “We investigated fraud at the precinct level in conventions all over south Houston… Hillary attained 51% of the votes in Texas and by popular vote Obama only attained 47.4%. As a scientist and mathematician I was curious as the results came in from the precincts and that the precinct caucuses did not reflect those numbers, so I could see something was wrong… We laboriously went through each of the (caucus) sign in sheets to see if they were properly filled out… and many, many, many Obama people either came to the wrong precinct, they did not sign in properly, they did not show ID, or they had not voted that day… How they determine the delegates is on these sign in sheets. So when so many people were registered illegally for Obama, they attained the lion’s portion of the delegates.”


Part 2, 6:20, “The worst thing that we saw in Indiana, was parents coming into the office saying that the Gary Indiana Public School System had bussed their children to Crown Point Indiana to vote in the election. That was a great civics lesson, but if children were being told to go to the polls and vote for Obama, which they were, parents were livid. They were outraged and they wanted to know what could be done about this… It was atrocious, because what lesson in civics were kids learning that day? Win by any means necessary? The right to vote is a sacred right in America, and we take school children and bus them on a school day, tell them who to vote for, then pay them for their lunch, and then dismiss them from school early on taxpayer money?”

Part 3, 0:00, “By about twelve o’clock, one o’clock on election day, all hell broke loose. We started getting phone calls from people at various precincts where there were Obama supporters getting sign-ins before the polls had even closed. We had people who were being shouted down and intimidated when they were for Hillary Clinton.”

Part 3, 3:54, Civil Rights Activist who had marched with Martin Luther King: “I had come to Indiana in the early afternoon about one o’clock. I was just sort of riding through the communities to get a feel for what was going on… There were some guys who had put up lawn chairs in front of the door going into the community center, so I stopped and parked my car. I got out of my car and there was this lady, probably about 80 years old, who was slowly walking up the street. As she was approaching the entranceway to go into the building, one of the young men called to her ‘If you’re not voting for Obama, go home, because you’re not voting here today.’ She turned and walked away. The pain that I felt, because of the people who have fought for African Americans to have the right to vote, this fight that has gone on for many, many, many years and to see two African American young men deny the right, under the veiled threat of violence, to a woman who looked to be around 80 years old, and not allow her an opportunity to vote. I felt appalled. While I was standing there, there were other people approaching, maybe four or five, and when they heard that they all turned and walked away.”

Part 3, 7:20, Kevin Dujan, Iowa: “There were these two women sitting at the table checking in people, looking over names. I went standing behind the two elderly women that we had brought to the caucus location and they mysteriously could not find their names in the book. The two women saw that these women had Hillary stickers on them… so they weren’t going to let them caucus. They said ‘Oh, you must be in some other caucus.’ I said ‘Look lady, I’m from Chicago and I know tricks like this. Let me see that book or we’re going to get the precinct captain over here and we’re going to look and find the names together. I guarantee this woman’s in here, because she’s not a liar. She’s ninety years old and has been looking forward to this. Don’t tell me she’s not in the book.’ Well then, wouldn’t you know it, miraculously and mysteriously, once I made that big of a push, she magically found her name in the book and let her go be a part of the caucus… I noticed that that was not happening for any of the Obama people, they were just getting waved right through.”

Part 4, 5:45, “I thought it was an isolated incident, just in my precinct. It’s not, and that what bothers me. How can we not look at the system? If it happens in every precinct and every one of us has a very similar story, I can not believe that we don’t see it as manipulating a situation. People told me, Obama supporters who went to the training, that they have been trained to be aggressive.”

10-21-2012, 04:28 PM
They can observe from the outside, just like anyone else.

10-21-2012, 08:14 PM
I think its safe to say whats the UN is really up too.

UN Official Warns Americans Not To Elect Mitt Romney…
The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights has warned Americans not to elect Republican Mitt Romney in next month’s presidential election, saying that doing so would be “a democratic mandate for torture (http://ca.news.yahoo.com/romney-win-first-democratic-mandate-torture-un-rapporteur-201125761.html).”

10-21-2012, 09:09 PM
Did they say what precinct mr. peanut was going to monitor?

10-22-2012, 12:05 AM
Who's going to monitor the Dems, with their Black Panthers, etc.? There's much more likelihood of voter fraud from the other side of the aisle, but nothing must deter the UN from their mission to defeat a candidate who would stand up to their less than sterling behavior.

10-22-2012, 09:30 AM
I wonder if the U.N. dummies are going to wear their kute powder blue helmuts??? :Flag2:

10-22-2012, 02:10 PM
I wonder if the U.N. dummies are going to wear their kute powder blue helmuts??? :Flag2:

You know, this is a real slap at any sovereignty we might have left. What are they monitoring? (or fixing?)

10-22-2012, 03:14 PM
Sounds like UN socialists doing the job our Black Panthers used to do.

Another outsourced job.

10-22-2012, 04:25 PM
FOX had some woman on from a conservative voter fraud organization and she said that the ironic thing here is that the NAACP, ACLU, and other left wing organizations wanted this because of voter ID laws and such but the reps from the U.N. are from countries who have had voter ID laws for years.

10-23-2012, 10:10 AM
Alabama House Leader Moves To Block UN Poll Watchers From Operating In His State

Montgomery (http://yellowhammerpolitics.com/blog/hubbard-moves-to-block-united-nations-poll-watchers-from-operating-in-alabama/) – In response to news that poll watchers affiliated with the United Nations will be sent across the country to monitor balloting in various states and search for evidence of “voter suppression” during the upcoming November 6 presidential election, Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard said he will support legislation in the next session requiring all poll watchers in Alabama to hold U.S. citizenship.

Cries of Racism in 3... 2... 1...

10-26-2012, 11:07 PM
UN List: US Election Observation Points 10/26/12
Here are the duty stations where the UN will observe US elections -- via the document (OSCE/ODIHR Limited Election Observation Mission to the United States of America (http://www.scribd.com/doc/110874123/United-Nations-Election-Observer-Deployment-2012)):

Olympia, WA
Sacramento, CA
Tallahassee, FL
Frankfort, KY
Topeka, KS
Pierre, SD
Atlanta, GA
Springfield, IL
Saint Paul, MN
Salt Lake City, UT
Santa Fe, NM
Juneau, AK
Nashville, TN
Denver, CO
Bismarck, ND
Montgomery, AL
Madison, WI
Des Moines, IA
Carson City, NV
Phoenix, AZ
Charleston, WV
Austin, TX
Albany, NY
Boston, MA
Raleigh, NC
Indianapolis, IN
Baton Rouge, LA
Salem, OR
Oklahoma City, OK
Annapolis, MD
Trenton, NJ
Columbus, OH
Austin, TX
Albany, NY
Concord, NH
Columbia, SC
Lansing, MI
Jackson, MS
Boise, ID
Jefferson City, MO
Richmond, VA
Harrisburg, PA

Read more at http://www.reagancoalition.com/articles/2012/20121026006-un-list-observation.html#SCYoLMQU8HYIRpXV.99