October 22, 2012

International Monitors Needed for U.S. Election

fair electionsI just posted about this at Red State Progressive, but I wanted to mention it here too because it strikes me as a significant story that I expect to be under-reported, if not ignored, in the U.S. media. International election monitors from the world's largest election-monitoring organization, the Organisation of Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), are deploying throughout the U.S. to monitor our upcoming election. Let that sink in for a moment.

You've undoubtedly heard about international election monitors being used in a number of countries to ensure fair elections. This typically happens in so-called third world countries where significant volatility, corruption, human rights violations, or some other noteworthy factor has called the fairness of elections into question. It seems we can now add the United States to the list of countries where fair elections require international monitoring.

According to The Guardian, the mission of the OSCE is:
to assess the election for compliance with international obligations and standards for democratic elections.
And that is necessary here in the U.S. today. Wow!

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