Lone Star State v. the UN

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Observers  from the UN, allied with Leftist groups in the US, are planning to send observers to monitor our elections to ensure that there is no “voter suppression”:

United Nations-affiliated election monitors from Europe and central Asia will be at polling places around the U.S. looking for voter suppression activities by conservative groups, a concern raised by civil rights groups during a meeting this week. The intervention has drawn criticism from a prominent conservative-leaning group combating election fraud.

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), a United Nations partner on democratization and human rights projects, will deploy 44 observers from its human rights office around the country on Election Day to monitor an array of activities, including potential disputes at polling places. It’s part of a broader observation mission that will send out an additional 80 to 90 members of parliament from nearly 30 countries.

The Lone Star State is having none of it:

Ambassador Daan Everts

Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe

UI. Miodowa 10 00-251 Warsaw, Poland
Dear Ambassador Everts:
The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) will reportedly dispatch election observers to the State of Texas to monitor the November 2012 general election. While it remains unclear exactly what your monitoring is intended to achieve, or precisely what tactics you will use to achieve the proposed monitoring, OSCE has stated publicly that it will visit polling stations on Election Day as part of its monitoring plan.
In April, you reportedly met with a group of organizations that have filed lawsuits challenging election integrity laws enacted by the Texas Legislature. One of those organizations, Project Vote, is closely affiliated with ACORN, which collapsed in disgrace after its role in a widespread voter-registration fraud scheme was uncovered. In September, a federal appeals court rejected Project Vote’s challenge to the State’s voter-registration regulations and allowed Texas to continue enforcing laws that were enacted to protect the integrity of the voter-registration process.
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.
If OSCE members want to learn more about our election processes so they can improve their own democratic systems, we welcome the opportunity to discuss the measures Texas has implemented to protect the integrity of elections. However, groups and individuals from outside the United States are not allowed to influence or interfere with the election process in Texas. This State has robust election laws that were carefully crafted to protect the integrity of our election system. All persons—including persons connected with OSCE—are required to comply with these laws.
Elections and election observation are regulated by state law. The Texas Election Code governs anyone who participates in Texas elections—including representatives of the OSCE. The OSCE’s representatives are not authorized by Texas law to enter a polling place. It may be a criminal offense for OSCE’s representatives to maintain a presence within 100 feet of a polling place’s entrance. Failure to comply with these requirements could subject the OSCE’s representatives to criminal prosecution for violating state law.

Greg Abbott

Attorney General of Texas

Texas has also told the State Department where to get off:

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today informed U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) is not exempt from Texas election law. The Attorney General’s letter to Sec. Clinton comes a day after the OSCE sent the State Department a letter asking that federal officials take steps to ensure the OSCE’s election observers are not “restrained in their activities” while in Texas.
In the response, Attorney General Abbott made clear: “The Election Code does not authorize OSCE representatives to enter polling places. If the OSCE does not want to follow Texas law, then perhaps it should send its representatives to another state.”
Attorney General Abbott added: “I’m particularly offended that the European organization seems to be working with American groups tied to ACORN — a community coalition accused of voter fraud.”
The letter from the OSCE suggests that the international group can circumvent Texas election law by gaining unfettered access to Texas’ polling locations. That appears to violate Texas law which prevents unauthorized persons from entering a polling place-or loitering within 100 feet of a polling place’s entrance-on Election Day. OSCE monitors are not granted an exception to Texas law.

Bravo to Attorney General Greg Abbott and the great State he serves!

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  1. Why is this being done? Why does the Administration think we need international observers? Yes, call me crazy, but this is a setup for the Antichrist, and no, I am no Dispensationalist- Rapture kind of guy.

  2. Absentee ballot fraud, unlike the fanciful tabulation fraud imagined by Harper’s, does not require collusion accross party lines or co-ordinated activity among hundreds of public employees, contractors, and volunteers. (And the fact that banal requirements to show identification nearly every American adult possesses raises such hackles is an indication that someone is protecting their tool-kit).

  3. If you are wiling to take campaign money from agreeable foreigners and their governments then why wouldn’t you have foreigners count the votes and then participate in the vote?

  4. I wonder if the Super Brights at OSCE realize we have an early voting window that has already opened, and of which many people take advantage. If they aren’t already here, they may already be too late.

  5. C Matt

    They are not really coming to monitor the vote. They are meant to provide a pretext for litigation. “See all the international observers that say Repubs stole the election. We need the UN to supervise all future elections.”

  6. How could the U.N. think they could pull a stunt like this in a place like Texas!?

    I’m not from there but we all know you ‘ don’t mess with texas.”

    Unless your the miami hurricanes in the 1991 cotton bowl 🙂

  7. First of all Obama wants nothing more than to have the UN be the ultimate ruler. Secondly how is the OSCE going to comply if we haven’t converted the 100ft to metric?…sheesh!!!

  8. WE do not need UN observers in these United States of America and who the hell is The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)? I do not see them written in into our constitution, I do not remember voting these clown into any of our ranks of office or processes of self-government. OSCE need to go pack sand in Africa or Iran somewhere not here in American soil. We give up our sovereignty when we allow foreign observers into our process and any American elected officials the agree with this is acting in a treacherous manner to the oath of office they serve under our constitution.

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