United Nations organization set to monitor US polling places on Election Day
October 22, 2012
The United Nations-affiliated Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe will deploy election monitors around the United States on Election Day in an effort to monitor conservative groups for voter suppression or intimidation at polling places.
Led by Ambassador Daan Everts, the election monitors will include a total of 57 international experts and observers - 13 placed in Washington, D.C. and 44 placed at polling places on other cities.
The monitors, from Europe and central Asia, will not limit their observation to noting possible violations of U.S. and sate election law. They will also "assess these elections for compliance with international obligations and standards for democratic election" and "conduct comprehensive monitoring of the media," according to a press release.
Additionally, "the mission will meet with representatives from relevant federal and state authorities and political parties, as well as with candidates, and with representatives from the judiciary, civil society and the media."
While the international organization has assessed elections since 2002 and insists that U.S. authorities have "invited" this mission, the U.N. affiliate received significant pressure from liberal organizations such as The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the ACLU and the NAACP.
According to The Hill, the groups penned a letter to Ambassador Daan Everts this month to express concerns about "a coordinated political effort to disenfranchise millions of Americans - particularly traditionally disenfranchised groups like minorities."