Oct. 25, 2012 The state of Texas has issued a warning to international election monitors that if they follow the Texas Presidential General Election too closely they will be prosecuted.
Photo: Greg Abbott the Attorney General of Texas – What is he afraid of with UN voter monitors?
Since Texas is currently a red state, which could possibly go blue democrat this is a shocking turn of events. The fact that international vote monitors are concerned with possible voter fraud in the state of Texas tells the country there is concern in this state.
The election watchdog group and human rights advocates, called Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe which is based in Vienna has been warned by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott -not to interfere with the state election.
Attorney General Greg Abbott cited matters of jurisdiction claiming the European group has no say in US elections, not even to monitor the vote.
(Abbott also has a history of banning funding of Planned Parenthood which has helped the many poor women in the state of Texas. By banning funding of Planned Parenthood which primarily gives care to women’s health issues he has snatched away services for women, who will remain without cancer screening, mammograms and basic health services.)
The USA like all countries must observe fair, open and ethical elections just like any other country under international laws and the jurisdiction of the treaty in the USA’s participation of the United Nations International Law Commission.
The State of Texas does not supersede an international organization such as the UN Law Commission.
Texas Letter to the Organization for Security and Cooperation
In a threatening letter the Attorney General Greg Abbott basically told the European group to butt out of Texas handling a federal election.
The defensive attitude by Texas seems to be over the top if there are no unethical processes involved in the voting for this election.
The OSC took the threat seriously and the response from Janez Lenarcic the director for Office for the Democratic Institutions and Human Rights stated:
“the threat of criminal sanctions against OSCE/ODIHR observers is unacceptable.”
Abbott cited Texas law and characterized the group’s observance of the election as “prying” and warned the group they were not allowed to enter polling stations in the state nor step foot within 100 feet of a polling station.
The State also attempted to pass stricter Voter ID laws but their efforts were also struck down by a federal court, which Abbott is still appealing, days before the election.
The Governor, Rick Perry backed up Abbott’s assertions with this comment:
“No UN monitors/inspectors will be part of any TX election process; I commend @TXsecofstate for swift action to clarify issue.”
The UN Voting observers have been impartially monitoring election counts since 2002, over 10 years without complaints and without incidents of harming the election process in any way. There will be 10 election experts from 10 countries stationed in the USA for the November 6th, 2012 Presidential election.
What’s Texas so afraid of anyway?
Source: Democratic Underground