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Texas Threatens to Arrest International Election Monitors

Posted By on October 29, 2012

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According to RT America, Texas attorney general Greg Abbott has written to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), threatening to arrest the election auditors that have been sent to Texas and other states to ensure that US voters aren’t disenfranchised, discriminated against or intimidated when they vote on November 6.

Since its establishment in the 1970s, it has been the role of the Vienna-based OSCE to ensure that elections across Europe, Central Asia and North America are fair, transparent and democratic.

Eight US civil rights groups (including the NAACP and the ACLU) have specifically made a specific request for OSCE election monitors, expressing concern that millions of Americans could be excluded from the November 2012 election due to new voter ID laws that adversely effect the ability of young, senior and low income Americans to vote. The civil rights groups indicated Pennsylvania, Ohio, Florida, Texas and Wisconsin were the states they were most concerned about.

The OSCE has responded to the request by deploying 44 monitors from 23 countries to 40 states.

Last week Attorney General Abbott wrote the OSCE reminding them that they weren’t authorized under Texas law to enter a polling place and would be subject to arrest and criminal prosecution within 100 feet of the entrance.”

Texas governor and former Republican candidate reinforced Abbott’s threat by tweeting that any monitors or inspectors from the “United Nations” would be barred from having any role in the electoral process in the Lone Start State.

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