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Texas AG Abbott Threatens Foreign Election Observers with Arrest
Houston Chronicle ^ | 10/25/2012

Posted on 10/25/2012 8:05:34 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

AUSTIN – State Attorney General Greg Abbott's admonition that international election observers – part of what the Texas Secretary of State's office called a long-standing exchange program to promote learning – could be criminally prosecuted if they overstep Texas law was deemed "unacceptable" by the group's director.

The flap was prompted when Abbott wrote a letter to Ambassador Daan Everts at the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights in the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.

The Republican attorney general, in a press release announcing the letter, noted the group is "a United Nations partner." Some conservatives and tea party groups have been vocal in their suspicion toward the United Nations.

Abbott said in the letter that the ambassador reportedly had met "with a group of organizations that have filed lawsuits challenging election integrity laws enacted by the Texas Legislature," including Project Vote, which he described as being "closely affiliated with ACORN."

Abbott wrote that Project Vote and other organizations had said in a letter to Everts that OSCE had identified Voter ID laws as a barrier to voting rights, urging the organization to monitor states that had enacted them.

"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," Abbott wrote.

Texas' Voter ID law has been blocked by a federal three-judge panel, citing its effect on the poor, racial minorities and Latinos.

Abbott concluded his letter by saying the Texas Election Code governs all election participants; that the organization's representatives are not authorized to enter a polling place; and that it "may be a criminal offense for OSCE's representatives to maintain a presence within 100 feet of a polling place's entrance."

(Excerpt) Read more at chron.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Politics/Elections; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: dontmesswithtexas; gregabbott; pollwatchers; projectvote; texas; un; voterid

1 posted on 10/25/2012 8:05:37 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

I love my ballsy state!


2 posted on 10/25/2012 8:10:24 PM PDT by basil (Second Amendment Sisters.org)
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To: SeekAndFind

I love my ballsy state!


3 posted on 10/25/2012 8:10:24 PM PDT by basil (Second Amendment Sisters.org)
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To: SeekAndFind

Thank goodness someone in office has some cojones - now lets see him carry through with it if the do!


4 posted on 10/25/2012 8:11:57 PM PDT by melsec (Once a Jolly Swagman camped by a Billabong....)
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To: SeekAndFind

Texas forever!


5 posted on 10/25/2012 8:12:36 PM PDT by 353FMG (The US Constitution is only as effective as those who enforce it.)
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To: SeekAndFind

The UN should be evicted from the US and setup to operate from Gaza City or Khartoum.


6 posted on 10/25/2012 8:13:25 PM PDT by wrencher
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To: SeekAndFind

I volunteer to personally cuff ‘em and throw ‘em in the slammer.


7 posted on 10/25/2012 8:13:43 PM PDT by MichaelCorleone ('We the People' can and will take this country back...starting today.)
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To: SeekAndFind

What are the other states? I remember Des Moines was on the list, but I forgot the others. Have any other Sec. Of State complained? I haven’t seen anything in the Iowa news about this.


8 posted on 10/25/2012 8:14:52 PM PDT by VanShuyten ("a shadow...draped nobly in the folds of a gorgeous eloquence.")
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To: wrencher
"setup to operate from Gaza City or Khartoum."

Harare, Zimbabwe is the most appropriate "revised" venue.

9 posted on 10/25/2012 8:17:24 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: SeekAndFind

Damn Straight!!! Skippy!!!!!


10 posted on 10/25/2012 8:18:50 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: SeekAndFind

Those people are NOT above the law. Good job.


11 posted on 10/25/2012 8:20:07 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: VanShuyten

I think Alabama did too


12 posted on 10/25/2012 8:21:42 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: VanShuyten

They’re supposed to be in AZ, too.


13 posted on 10/25/2012 8:24:38 PM PDT by stansblugrassgrl (PRAISE THE LORD AND PASS THE AMMUNITION!!! YEEEEEHAW!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Hope Carter is in with that mess and jailed.


14 posted on 10/25/2012 8:24:41 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church shows up at your funeral)
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To: SeekAndFind
Man, I love Texas!!!
15 posted on 10/25/2012 8:29:44 PM PDT by MWestMom ("And those that cried appease, appease were hung by those they tried to please" - Horace Mann)
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To: SeekAndFind
God bless the man. UN employees have a collective record of theft, child rape, child molestation, cowardice, rape, homosexuality, and so much more that listed after page three of textbooks on abnormal psychology.

Please arrest them, and then put them in the general population.
16 posted on 10/25/2012 8:31:11 PM PDT by righttackle44 ( I may not be much, but I raised a United States Marine . . .)
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To: Paladin2

They would feel so much more at home in Sana’a, Yemen.


17 posted on 10/25/2012 8:34:55 PM PDT by 353FMG (The US Constitution is only as effective as those who enforce it.)
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To: SeekAndFind
In the Eyes of a Ranger
The unsuspecting stranger
Had better know the truth of wrong from right

Cause the eyes of the Ranger are upon you
Anything you do he's gonna see
So when you're in Texas look behind you
Cause that's where the Ranger’s gonna be!

18 posted on 10/25/2012 8:35:15 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: SeekAndFind

Abbott for Governor 2014.....


19 posted on 10/25/2012 8:51:02 PM PDT by rhinohunter
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To: SeekAndFind

I hope if there is a showdown here David Dewhurst stays out of it. Texas was going to stand up to TSA at one time too until Dewhurst stepped in and neutered the effort and Texas backed down.


20 posted on 10/25/2012 8:58:16 PM PDT by Reddon
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To: 353FMG

21 posted on 10/25/2012 9:23:46 PM PDT by sockmonkey (Of Course I didn't read the article. This is FreeRepublic, afterall.)
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To: 353FMG

Why is there only one state left? Well, maybe Ken Cucinelli from VA, but few others have the stones to stand up anymore!

Bravo Texas!


22 posted on 10/25/2012 9:34:55 PM PDT by Bshaw (A nefarious deceit is upon us all!)
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To: SeekAndFind

“Texas has yet to learn submission to any oppression, come from what source it may.” - Sam Houston


23 posted on 10/25/2012 10:26:09 PM PDT by NeverForgetBataan (I am become Barry... destroyer of wealth)
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To: SeekAndFind

Get ‘em Abbott. Never back down. Never back up.

“I have answered the demand with a cannon shot, and our flag still waves proudly from the walls. I shall never surrender nor retreat”............ Willian Barrett Travis from the Alamo 1836


24 posted on 10/26/2012 3:05:46 AM PDT by eartick (Been to the line in the sand and liked it)
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To: SeekAndFind

and please..when these jerks are arrested..don’t put them in any holding cell..put them with Big Bubba Mankill and the like..imho


25 posted on 10/26/2012 4:32:02 AM PDT by BerniesFriend (Sarah Palin-"Lord knows she's attractive" says bitter Andrea Mitchell and the rest of the MSM)
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To: SeekAndFind
The threat of criminal sanctions against OSCE/ODIHR observers is unacceptable," he said. "The United States, like all countries in the OSCE, has an obligation to invite ODIHR observers to observe its elections."

Ask a bunch of dead Mexican murderers what Texas thinks about International Law, the UN, and the overreaching US Federal Gubbmint....

Abbott just secured my vote for any office he chooses to run for.

26 posted on 10/26/2012 6:01:10 AM PDT by Feckless (I was trained by the US << This Tagline Censored by FR >> ain't that irOnic?)
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To: Bshaw

Having courage and loving our country is politically incorrect these days.

This one-world BS did not start with 0 but it is getting more emphasis today. Hopefully Romney will change all that, and if he doesn’t, to the dustbin of history he and his memory should go.

In the meantime, if they have a public hanging of these UN “observers” downtown Houston, I will make sure that I have a front row seat and I will drink a Shiner Bock for these a-holes.


27 posted on 10/26/2012 5:34:31 PM PDT by 353FMG (The US Constitution is only as effective as those who enforce it.)
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