International Observers Sent To Prevent Voter Suppression in U.S. Elections

In response to the concerted efforts by Republicans to suppress voter turn-out in the November election, civil rights groups have asked the world’s largest election monitoring organization to police the elections for fraud.

As reported in The Hill, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), a United Nations partner on democratization and human rights projects, will send 44 observers around the country on November 6th to monitor voting and prevent efforts to intimidate voters at the polls. They come at the urging of civil rights groups like the ACLU, NAACP and the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.

Not surprising, voter suppression Tea Party activist Catherine Englebreacht was not pleased with this news. In a statement to The Hill, Engelbreacht said [T]hese activist groups sought assistance not from American sources, but from the United Nations. The United Nations has no jurisdiction over American elections.

Engelbreacht is founder and president of True the Vote, a conservative voter-vigilante group that deploys “poll-watchers” in heavily Democratic voting districts to conduct “election integrity” operations. The group has caught the attention of Congress for it’s likely criminal voter suppression tactics, so it’s no surprise the idea of election monitors would upset Engelbreacht. The fact that these are international election monitors must only drive that Tea Party, anti-United Nations, conspiracy-riddled group of activists all the more batty. And they must really hate the fact that access of international observers during voting is explicitly allowed in states like Missouri, South Dakota, North Dakota and New Mexico. Oops.

Ohio alone is making the case for the need for international election monitors. Despite the fact that the United States Supreme Court expressly kept in place a lower court’s order directing the Secretary of State to keep early voting open and accessible there are restrictions in place in flagrant violation of those orders. In Virginia Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccineli said he won’t prosecute the GOP operative found feloniously destroying voter registration cards, presumably because he’s too busy trying to shut down abortion clinics in the state. And in Arizona Republicans in that state sent out voter information flyers with the wrong date for the election only to Spanish-speaking residents.

It’s a tight race between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama, and the Republicans have made it clear that if they can’t win it they sure plan to steal it. If our own Department of Justice can’t prevent this kind of disenfranchisement, in part because conservatives simply now ignore the rule of law they disagree with, then international election monitors might be this democracy’s last chance.


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natalie n.
natalie n.3 years ago

there should be a watchdog to prevent fraud and voter suppression.

Dan B.
Dan Brook3 years ago

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Michael M.
Michael T.3 years ago

You are correct Lee. I just kept reading how the state of VA was choosing not to investigate or prosecute and got sidetracked.

Lee Witton
3 years ago

Michael - it really does not matter if the state takes matters into it's legal hands because tampering with votes is a federal crime, not state. And, since Small is a citizen of Pennsylvania and committing fraud in another state, this has other ramifications for him as well. Vote tampering is a felony and I'm sure that lawmakers in Virginia know ultimately this will be out of their hands. These criminals are far from being able to walk on this and I believe consequently, there will be some time spent in prison. We can only hope that we win all houses of government and prosecution of laws involving this type of fraud will be upheld. Anyone remember how the Republican TBRs screamed blood murder over Acorn who committed no crimes but lost the government funding because of the little pimp, James O'Keefe. And where is that little criminal now?

Michael M.
Michael T.3 years ago

I agree with you Lee that he should be prosecuted but I have been reading more and more headlines to this effect.

Michael M.
Michael T.3 years ago

GOP controlled Virginia Board Of Elections refuses to prosecute GOP voter fraud

A GOP operative was observed by multiple witnesses to have discarded completed voter registration forms in a dumpster. This is a crime in Virginia, but the Republican controlled State Board of Elections will not ask the State Attorney General to investigate the matter.

nder the written law the Virgina Attorney General is unable to move forward with a prosecution unless it is requested to investigate by the VSBE. Small, therefore, is off the legal hook despite the fact he was witnessed and there is evidence of him committing a crime.

The VSBE is a special agency of the state government, where all appointees are hand picked by the governor. In this case Virginia's governor is Bob McDonnell, a Republican. The VSBE is comprised of three members. Two are Republicans, and one is a Democrat. Therefore, the GOP always has the majority in every election decision.

One can draw his or her own conclusions about why the majority party chose not to prosecute itself in one of the most polarized elections in America's history.

Lee Witton
3 years ago

Hi Michael - Colin Small has been arrested for disposing of the registrations and he will likely be convicted for that deed, as he should be. The Allied scum that was contracted by the GOP and Romney, will have to answer to their corruption as well. It's not over until the fat lady sings and she's just now walking onto the stage amid extraordinarily loud applause from the audience and choir.

Michael M.
Michael T.3 years ago

@Lee writes Amazing that the media is so lacking in integrity and journalistic excellence, they would allow yet another election to be defrauded.

This bothers me and concerns me so much I sometimes don't know what to say or do about it.

I feel like I have somehow not done something. Like maybe I should begin a barrage campaign of calling and writing every news media outlet asking them why they aren't reporting any of this and why it isn't in the headlines. What is passively happening here? Why didn't VA prosecute that Colin fellow for throwing those voter registrations in a dumpster? That's a felony? A part of me keeps fearing some kind of wordless takeover.

Lee Witton
3 years ago

There is massive fraud going on in a number of states and although they've caught red-handed a few individuals with voter registrations that have been tampered with by the holders of the registrations, and one individual was caught discarding Democratic voter registrations, the media 'ain't talkin'. Amazing that the media is so lacking in integrity and journalistic excellence, they would allow yet another election to be defrauded. Every American who finds this to be a direct violation of our Constitutional rights should stand together and make sure we don't see a repeat of 2000 and 2004.

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jill c.3 years ago

Marg H and Johnathan Y - well said both of you! Thanks for the coherent arguments and positions!

*relieved sigh* Logic is good...