The OSCE and Election Monitoring

When I first heard that the UN has been asked to monitor the US elections, I was annoyed.  And then when I heard that it was actually the OSCE, I thought, “Oh, no biggie.”

I once acted as an election monitor for the OSCE in the Republic of Georgia’s first parliamentary election after the Rose Resolution.  That either makes me biased or informed (you choose).

The OSCE is a voluntary association of member states developed under the concept that democratic countries tend not to go to war with each other.  So election monitoring – i.e. ensuring democracy – is a big part of what the OSCE does.  Since you do have some nasty actors like Russia in the OSCE, that limits its  – shall we say – vigor.  It can’t really enforce anything, just report.

The election monitors, who are volunteers from member countries, go through a LOT of training.  And since the US is a member country monitoring the elections of other countries, it’s really only fair that the OSCE sends some monitors here.  In fact, they have been since they were invited to by GW Bush in 2004.

And the reports I’ve seen come out of the OSCE seem pretty fair and honest.  In my case, one of the election stations I monitored had a minor technical violation due to the layout of the polling place.  But it was clear nothing hinky was going on – they were in an old building and working with what they had.  So we didn’t make a stink out of it.  There were some violations reported at other polling stations – stuff like missing ballots.  But the overall election report was positive.

If memory serves, all the voters were required to show ID.  So if the libs think bringing in the OSCE will somehow embarrass any US states with voter ID laws – they’re wrong.  Personally, I hope they send some monitors to that polling place in Philly where the New Black Panther party was intimidating voters.  That would make a fun YouTube video – indignant Europeans going toe to toe with jackbooted NBP thugs…  Heh heh.


About Mystic Cowgirl

I worked overseas in the aid game for longer than I'd like to admit and learned several important things: 1) Third World countries aren't poor because America is rich. They're impoverished due to socialist governments that provide neither rule of law nor basic infrastructures; 2) These socialist governments redistribute wealth from taxpayers to the government workers. There's no benefit to the poor or downtrodden, and certainly not to the general welfare in terms of infrastructure improvements. 3) America is moving toward the Third World model. Rule of law has been subverted because equality under the law is disappearing as special interests carve out exemptions to regulations and special favors under the law. The redistribution of wealth to government began decades ago -- total compensation for government employees now outpaces salaries in the private sector.
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