posted on Aug, 9 2004 @ 12:05 AM
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe will monitor the next round of Presidential elections:
The group was initially invited by 15 Democratic congressmen. Colin Powell, US Secretary of State, then invited the group (as a host country must
officially invite OSCE monitors) to watch over the November polling.
Members of the organizations had already stated that, as the US signed its treaty ten years ago, such monitoring should be expected.
My general worries:
-Must US elections be certified by foreign elements from now on?
-Do we need to monitor the monitors? Is there a chance that anti-Bush Europeans will cry foul if Bush wins?
-In any election, there are areas of the country with less than competent judges and unproffessional polling stations. Will local incompetence now
become a wedge issue that can be exploited by foreign organizations? For instance, in 'inner city' neighborhoods of Chicago the polling judges
often show up late (or drunk, or whatver). If this sort of thing happens this year, will foreign powers now have an excuse to decry american
-The fact of the matter is that thousands of foreign monitors will now be at polling stations during election day. Is this something we should feel
On the other hand:
-This might prevent situations like those of the last US election... like where dogs in east St. Louis were alowed to vote.