UN-Affiliated Group Warned to Stay Away From Polling Venues

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 25, 2012   |   4:54PM   |   Washington, DC

A group associated with the United Nations that has deployed election monitors throughout the U.S. for the Nov. 6 presidential election has been warned by the Texas Attorney General that if they violate state laws governing polling places that they face possible prosecution.

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE/ODIHR) announced earlier this month that they had “officially opened an election observation mission” in response to “an invitation from the authorities of the United States” that believe voter suppression may occur by conservative groups.

In a letter to Ambassador Daan Everts who is overseeing the OSCE effort, Texas AG Greg Abbott addressed the state’s voter ID law which OSCE was recruited to monitor.

According to a letter that Project Vote and other organizations sent to you, OSCE has identified Voter ID laws as a barrier to the right to vote. That letter urged OSCE to monitor states that have taken steps to protect ballot integrity by enacting Voter ID laws. The OSCE may be entitled to its opinions about Voter ID laws, but your opinion is legally irrelevant in the United States, where the Supreme Court has already determined that Voter ID laws are constitutional.

According to the Hill, liberal civil rights groups, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the NAACP and the ACLU warned Ambassador Everts that there was a “coordinated political effort to disenfranchise millions of Americans.”

Catherine Engelbrecht founder of True the Vote that works to prevent voter fraud believes these groups cry foul play and “voter suppression” at any attempt to preserve the integrity of the electoral process.

“These activist groups sought assistance not from American sources, but from the United Nations…the United Nations has no jurisdiction over American elections.”

Reportedly as the U.S. is a member state of the OSCE, the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights has analyzed U.S. elections since 2002.

Spokesperson for the OSCE, Giovanna Maiola responded that international observers will monitor the concerns addressed by civil rights groups.



Some state laws do allow for international observers as in Missouri, South Dakota, North Dakota and New Mexico and the OSCE has secured other invitations from local authorities through various state contacts.

Recognizing the fraudulent election practices in counties that many of the international election monitors are from, Abbott offered to “help OSCE governments learn how to conduct proper elections in their own countries.”

LifeNews.com Note: Lisa Correnti writes for the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute. This article originally appeared in the pro-life group’s Turtle Bay and Beyond blog.