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I can't wait to hear what the vast right-wing conspiracy has to say about this one...

International team to monitor presidential election

A spokesperson for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe said, "The U.S. is obliged to invite us, as all OSCE countries should."

Now, this brings to mind two issues - civil rights and sovereignty. On one side, folks will say we need an unbiased outside party to doublecheck certain areas (like, say, Florida?) to ensure that all eligible voters are allowed to vote freely. On the other side, doesn't this at least lean toward giving some of our hard-won sovereign powers to an outside political organization?

It turns out to be a compromise, really - the Dems wanted the U.N., while the Reps wanted nobody. So they get the OSCE instead. Not sure how we belong to an organization whose stated goal is to deal with things in Europe, but apparently the group just needs a new name.

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rillifane
Aug. 9th, 2004 07:55 am (UTC)
Given that the Democrats steal hundreds of thousands of votes every election they may find themselves being hoist by their own petard.
partywhipple
Aug. 9th, 2004 08:00 am (UTC)
This does not surprise me, but what do you mean exactly?

I heard they do their damndest to make sure military votes aren't counted, but I never heard how exactly...
rillifane
Aug. 9th, 2004 08:18 am (UTC)
There are a lot of ways of stealing votes.

Registering nonexistent voters has become very common with "motor-voter" laws. Keeping people on the rolls after they've died or left the area. Soliciting absentee voting affidavits from the elderly or mentally impaired and then casting the vote for them. Buying votes, usually with alcohol or cash but also, in some rare cases, drugs.



partywhipple
Aug. 9th, 2004 08:44 am (UTC)
Well, that is their whole platform. "If you're poor we'll give you that money YOU EARNED by doing nothing". Oy
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