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  • Foreign Election Observers in U.S. to Increase Tenfold Since 2012

    08/24/2016 2:14:37 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 24, 2016 | 4:09 AM EDT | Patrick Goodenough
    When Americans went to the polls four years ago, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) deployed 44 observers, a quarter of whom came from countries deemed by a leading democracy watchdog to be “not free” or “partly free.” This year, the OSCE plans to send more than ten times that number — and some civil rights groups in the U.S. say even that won’t be enough. Following a “needs assessment” visit earlier this year, the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) decided to send 100 long-term and 400 short-term observers to monitor the November...
  • OSCE rights group requests 500 international observers to monitor U.S. presidential vote

    08/23/2016 5:44:50 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | 08/23/16 | Julia Harte
    The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe aims to send 500 international observers to observe November's U.S. presidential election, a tenfold increase from the number the group deployed in 2012. A coalition of more than 200 U.S. civil rights groups urged the OSCE in a letter released on Tuesday to provide even more than the 500 observers the OSCE requested based on an assessment it conducted in May. The actual observers will be dispatched by the international security and rights organization's 57 participating states. The letter from the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights said the OSCE's role...
  • Milwaukee election officials demean, intimidate observers, monitors claim

    10/24/2014 12:32:30 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 16 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 10-24-14 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. — Republican Party election observers monitoring in-person absentee voting at Milwaukee’s largest polling place say partisan election officials are shutting them out. Reports to Wisconsin Reporter from observers at the Zeidler Municipal Building in downtown Milwaukee detail the strict enforcement of the Democrat-heavy Milwaukee Election Commission’s edict keeping poll workers as far away from voters as a new state law will allow — eight feet. “I could neither see what any voters was providing for (proof of residency) nor hear the conversation between the election worker and the voter, who was then given a ballot,” one observer told...
  • EU declines to send observers to Egypt presidential polls

    05/17/2014 2:04:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    EU Business ^ | 17 May 2014, 22:52 CET | (AFP)
    The European Union said Saturday it would not send observers to Egypt for the country’s May 26-27 presidential election, as certain conditions necessary to do the job have not been met. A spokesman for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said the bloc had begun to deploy a mission in the second half of April, but standard EU observation rules “include a number of specific requirements that need to be in place for the election observers to be able to perform their duties.” …
  • Iowa warns international observers of arrest

    10/31/2012 12:31:03 PM PDT · by My hearts in London - Everett · 29 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/31/12 | BOBBY CERVANTES
    Iowa has joined Texas in warning international election observers of possible criminal prosecution if they violate state laws and get near polling places on Election Day. Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz — like Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott last week — on Tuesday threatened Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe election observers with arrest if they came within 300 feet of a polling place’s entrance, in violation of state law. (In Texas, it’s 100 feet.)
  • International monitors at US polling spots draw criticism from voter fraud groups

    10/31/2012 11:23:29 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 31, 2012 | Alexander Bolton
    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...
  • Texas Warns UN Affiliates Monitoring U.S. Election of Prosecution Risk

    10/24/2012 9:34:21 PM PDT · by robowombat · 25 replies
    New American ^ | Wednesday, 24 October 2012 12:00 | Alex Newman
    Texas Warns UN Affiliates Monitoring U.S. Election of Prosecution Risk Written by Alex Newman Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott sent a strongly worded letter warning United Nations-affiliated “elections monitors” that if they fail to obey state law by going in or even near a polling place, the UN-linked observers risk criminal prosecution and serious penalties. The international observers, he added, have absolutely no jurisdiction to interfere with voting in the Lone Star State. The UN partner known as the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) came under fierce criticism across the country in recent days after it announced...
  • International Vote Monitors Warn Texas: Don't Mess With Us.

    10/24/2012 9:19:10 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 64 replies
    International election monitors took a dim view on Wednesday of Texas' threat to prosecute them if they observe voting in the state a bit too closely on November 6.
  • Fighting Election Fraud

    07/12/2010 2:55:14 AM PDT · by Scanian · 6 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | July 12, 2010 | MaryAnn Hanson
    America faces an alarming threat from election fraud. AT's Lee Cary recently pointed out the election "irregularity" problems that threaten all our states in the upcoming election cycle. This article raises the question: "What can the concerned voter/citizen do to protect the integrity of our elections?" Ten women in Wisconsin began working on that question right after the 2008 presidential election. We studied the laws, we "watched," and we gave public comment on proposed legislative and administrative changes to Wisconsin election laws. Our overall goal became to promote photo voter ID legislation and support legislators who would enact such a...
  • Area observers find Palin energizing

    09/03/2008 9:55:16 PM PDT · by library user · 5 replies · 182+ views
    The Patriot-News ^ | September 04, 2008 | BY CHRIS A. COUROGEN
    Sarah Palin had two jobs to do when she stepped to the podium Wednesday night in St. Paul to accept the Republican nomination for vice president. Her first task was to energize the party's conservative base. On that count: Mission accomplished. "It was dynamite," said Linda Ruff of Halifax. "She knocked it out of the park tonight, without question. That's what she had to do, and she did it." Ruff, first vice chairwoman of the Dauphin County Republican Party, has been involved in GOP politics for more than 20 years. In all those years, she has never seen anyone who...
  • Venezuela's COPEI Party Denounces Chavez's International Election Observers Plan(Translation)

    10/09/2006 1:03:03 PM PDT · by StJacques · 7 replies · 524+ views
    El Universal ( Caracas ) ^ | October 9, 2006 | El Universal staff article ( translated by self )
    COPEI1 denounces CNE for wanting to bring "mute" international observers Caracas. -- The Secretary General of COPEI, Luis Ignacio Planas, complained strongly that the government, through the National Electoral Council (CNE), wants to bring "mute" international observers for the December presidential elections. "It does not make sense to make an effort, and that we Venezuelans, with our money, should pay the passage and the per diem expenses of the observers so that they come to engage in electoral tourism in Venezuela." The question is "how can they impede the watchers from saying that which they observe in the Venezuelan...
  • Washington proposes deploying observers at Israel-Gaza border

    08/28/2006 11:16:04 PM PDT · by jdm · 4 replies · 306+ views
    AP via Kuwait Times ^ | August 29, 2006
    GAZA CITY: The US proposes deploying international observers at the main cargo crossing between Israel and Gaza to prevent repeated security closures of Gaza's economic lifeline, Palestinian and Israeli officials said yesterday. Both Israel and the Palestinians support the idea. However, Israel would only consider its implementation after the release of an Israeli soldier kidnapped by Hamas-allied militants in June. US officials in Israel had no immediate comment. The Karni crossing has been closed by Israel for long stretches this year following security alerts and attacks by Palestinian militants. Virtually all of Gaza's imports and exports go through Karni. Palestinian...
  • Report: U.N. observers' calls unheeded

    07/26/2006 1:11:20 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 32 replies · 1,127+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/26/06
    KIRYAT SHEMONA, Israel - U.N. observers in southern Lebanon called the Israeli military 10 times during a six-hour period to ask it to halt an airstrike before their observation post was hit, according to details of a preliminary U.N. report on the incident. Four U.N. observers were killed in the bombing Tuesday. During each phone call, an Israeli official promised to halt the bombing, according to a U.N. official who had seen the preliminary report, which was released to The Associated Press on Wednesday. The U.N. observers said the area within half a mile of the post was hit with...
  • Armed Arabs Storm Rafiah Border, EU Observers Flee in Panic

    12/30/2005 7:51:17 AM PST · by Nachum · 54 replies · 1,004+ views
    Arutz 7 ^ | Dec 30, '05 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    Anarchy in the Palestinian Authority (PA) spread to the Rafiah border crossing, which was closed Friday morning after European Union (EU) observers fled 100 armed PA policemen who formed a blockade. The gunmen who stormed the compound belong to the unstable ruling Fatah party of PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas. One of their members was killed in a clash Thursday between terrorists. After the compound was stormed, the EU's observers stationed at the crossing quickly fled the scene in panic while the gunmen prevented vehicles from reaching the crossing. The observers are responsible for monitoring the crossing and enforcing the agreement...
  • Most Iraq vote observers will be in Jordan

    12/23/2004 5:58:25 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 551+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 12/23/04 | Edith M. Lederer - AP
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) - Most international experts assessing the fairness of Iraq's elections will monitor the Jan. 30 vote from the safety of neighboring Jordan, but a few observers will head to Baghdad and perhaps other Iraqi cities if security permits, U.N. and other officials said Thursday. Experts putting together the international team made clear it will not conduct the usual on-the-ground election monitoring with hundreds of foreign observers in Iraq such as was recently seen in Afghanistan. Instead, it will be assessing the vote based on more than a dozen different criteria. "We believe we can run a very...
  • Swiss observer says US elections free and fair

    11/05/2004 12:56:41 AM PST · by ch.man · 24 replies · 720+ views
    Swissinfo / Neue Zürcher Zeitung AG ^ | 11/5/2004 | swissinfo, Jean-Michel Berthoud (translation: Dale Bechtel)
    Swiss observer says US elections free and fair The Swiss head of the international mission, which monitored the United States presidential election, says the process was for the most part free and fair. In an interview with swissinfo, Barbara Haering said the mission did, however, uncover a few irregularities. Haering led a team of more than 90 observers from 34 states under the auspices of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). The team presented their preliminary findings in Washington on Thursday. Haering is a Social Democratic member of the Swiss House of Representatives, and vice-president of the...
  • AFP: International observers test their mettle in US elections

    11/02/2004 8:43:21 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 189+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 11/2/04 | AFP - Miami
    MIAMI (AFP) - They have watched elections in the Balkans, in Asia and South Africa, but the complexity of the US presidential election every four years is enough to give a headache to even the most seasones international observer. It is "not one election, but 13,000 elections," said Canadian expert Ron Gould, a member of a delegation from the Vienna-based Organization for Security and Cooperation (news - web sites) in Europe (OSCE (news - web sites)) in Miami for the 2004 US elections after observing some 70 elections around the world. "We like to see the setup, how organized it...
  • About Those "Independent" Election Monitors....

    11/02/2004 1:56:24 AM PST · by kattracks · 14 replies · 231+ views
    FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | 11/02/04 | Joel Mowbray
    Tom Daschle has already started the ball rolling in the first of an anticipated series of lawsuits charging Republicans with suppressing minority votes. If—OK, when—Democrats claim voter intimidation or other election fraud in the presidential contest today, they will undoubtedly have at their side “independent” international monitors—who happen to be selected and overseen by two rabidly partisan American Democrats. Acting on an invitation from the State Department, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) is, according to its own website, sending over 60 observers to seven states, including four of the most hotly contested: Florida, Ohio, Minnesota, and...
  • GOP CHALLENGERS ALLOWED AT OHIO POLLING PLACES (SIXTH Circuit Court of Appeals)

    11/01/2004 5:35:33 PM PST · by blogblogginaway · 122 replies · 1,127+ views
    fox | Nov, 1,2004
    Just announced on fox. Big victory for us!!!
  • Ohio Supreme Court Rules to Allow Challengers

    11/01/2004 5:14:14 PM PST · by RightFighter · 187 replies · 2,858+ views
    This cause originated upon the filing of a complaint for a writ of mandamus. Upon consideration of relators’ motion for an emergency peremptory writ of mandamus, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that relators’ motion be, and hereby is, granted, and that a writ of mandamus be, and hereby is, granted to compel respondent Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell to reissue and enforce his October 26, 2004 Directive 2004-45 to all eighty-eight counties insofar as it permits, in accordance with R.C. 3505.21 and 3506.13, one duly designated challenger per precinct and, after the polls close, one duly designated witness per precinct,...