In yet another assault on national sovereignty, various liberal leaning groups from within the United States have invited United Nations election monitors to be observers during the presidential election in just two weeks.
United Nations-affiliated election monitors from central Asia and Europe and will be at polling places around the U.S. looking for what they think to be voter suppression activities by conservative groups.
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), a United Nations partner on democratization and human rights projects, will be sending 44 observers from its human rights office to monitor potential disputes at polling places.
Groups such as the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the NAACP and the ACLU prompted the “observations” in a letter to the OSCE in which they raised perceived concerns over “a coordinated political effort to disenfranchise millions of Americans — particularly traditionally disenfranchised groups like minorities.”
Catherine Engelbrecht, founder and president of True the Vote has sounded the alarm over outside interests overseeing our elections. Her conservative group is involved in an ongoing effort to crack down on election fraud.
Engelbrecht said, “These activist groups sought assistance not from American sources, but from the United Nations. The United Nations has no jurisdiction over American elections.”
The director of communications for the OSCE’s parliamentary assembly, Neil Simon, concurs that the U.N. does not have jurisdiction over U.S. elections. But in defense of the international body’s actions he said all OSCE member counties, including the United States, have been committed since 1990 to hold free and democratic elections and to allow one another to observe their 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.”
The OSCE has 56 participating states from Europe, Central Asia and North America, including the United States and Canada. It has assessed elections in the United States since 2002.
All of this is set against the backdrop of a growing cast of states that have enacted stricter voting procedures including the requirement of picture voter IDs. The courts have worked against laws from states like Ohio, Wisconsin, and Florida to delay implementation of photo ID requirements far past November 6th.
True the Vote has an ambitious strategy to deploy hundreds of thousands of volunteers to polling stations to monitor election fraud. “We may surpass a million volunteers or fall short, it will be hard to know,” said Engelbrecht. “But we’re very excited about the level of enthusiasm, the number of volunteers, and the fact that we had a positive impact in bringing awareness to this important issue, of election integrity.”
Not to be outdone, Democratic allies will deploy an army of poll watchers and lawyers poised to challenge any perceived vote suppression. The AFL-CIO will send 300 lawyers to monitor poll workers.
Civil rights groups have complained about what they say are subtle efforts of intimidation. They point to a billboard campaign in swing states such as Ohio warning voter fraud is a felony punishable by up to three and a half years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Engelbrecht of True the Vote says intimidation is not her group’s motive. “We are not in the business of picking winners or losers, but instead, to ensure that the process is iron-clad,” she said. “Properly trained and capable poll watchers or workers should offer no indication of their partisan or ideological leanings to voters at the polls.”
All of these activities by legitimate US citizens are a part of the fabric of American politics. What is a relative newcomer to the scene is the presence of outside interests in the internal political affairs of this country.
The United Nations is hardly a paragon of virtue and has no moral high ground on which to stand in such matters. That organization has been plagued by one scandal after another shielded by what one of the UN’s own internal auditors called a “culture of impunity.”
Canada Free Press called the UN: “A grand committee that reports to itself alone, the UN operates with great secrecy and is shielded by diplomatic immunity. One of its prime defenses, indeed, is the sheer impenetrability of its operations: after more than 60 years as a global collective, it has become a welter of so many overlapping programs, far-flung projects, quietly vested interests, nepotistic shenanigans, and interlocking directorates as to defy accurate or easy comprehension, let alone responsible supervision.”
Add to this the fact that over half of the observing nations at polling places in two weeks require the very thing in their countries that our Attorney General does not. Most of those representative countries require photo voter ID’s. Obviously there is more than meets the eye when it comes to the presence of paragons of voting integrity such as Albania, Bosnia, the Russian Federation, and Uzbekistan.
Members of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE):
- Czech Republic
- United States
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Russian Federation
- The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
- Holy See
- San Marino
- United Kingdom