Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott threatens criminal prosecution of any poll watchers sent by the United Nations if they are deemed to interfere with the election, the Daily Caller reports.
Why is the U.N. sending election monitors to watch over the United States' presidential election?
The Hill highlights that these poll watchers will be "looking for voter suppression activities by conservative groups." At issue are the fears of progressive civil rights groups -- such as the NAACP and ACLU -- which expressed worry to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) that there may be an effort to "suppress minority voters likely to vote for President Obama."
How would poll watchers operate?
While it is true that the U.N. election monitors do not have jurisdiction in the United States, the country's membership in the United Nations does permit the watchers to observe the electoral process. They may not actually enter polling places but must remain at a distance of 100 feet.
How does the Obama Administration feel about election monitoring?
Human Rights First reports that during the parliamentary elections in Egypt, President Barack Obama noted that every member of the United Nations should willingly let international monitors observe its elections.
Are there reported problems with America's election process?
The Loudoun Times reports on Virginia's allegations of voter fraud against Strategic Allied Consulting. The company, which had worked with the Republican National Committee, is said to have had an employee charged with "13 counts of destruction of voter registration, disclosure of voter registration information and obstruction of justice." In Texas' Fort Bend County, about 22,000 voter registration cards were lost, KHOU 11 News reports. Some conservative voters speculate that "unionized postal workers hijacked the cards to help deliver votes to President Obama."
WND reports on an undercover probe conducted by James O'Keefe's Project Veritas, which caught "Patrick Moran advising an undercover reporter how to fraudulently cast ballots in the name of registered voters by forging utility bills and relying on the assistance of Democrat lawyers." Reuters explains that a Republican Florida voter was told that he could vote over the phone and did not need to come to the polls. This fraudulent activity has been reported in Virginia and Indiana as well.
- Politics & Government
- President Obama
- poll watchers
- the United Nations