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    Eleven OSCE Experts Already Examining US Election Process, Media Coverage

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    The spokesperson for OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights said that a dozen of experts from OSCE have started observing candidate and voter registration as well as media coverage of the electoral process in the United States.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — A dozen of experts from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) have started observing candidate and voter registration as well as media coverage of the electoral process in the United States, the spokesperson for OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, Thomas Rymer, told Sputnik.

    “At present, there is a core team of 11 election experts, based in Washington DC, who are examining different aspects of the process, including the legal framework, candidate and voter registration, and media coverage, among others,” Rymer said on Friday. “There are also 26 long-term observers who are following the campaign and preparations in different states across the country.”

    Rymer explained that the long-term observers will be joined by short-term observers for the November 8 election. The list of short-term observers has yet to be completed, he added.

    OSCE’s head of US election monitoring Audrey Glover told reporters earlier in October that a number of US states might not allow international observers into local polling stations on the election day.

    In the US electoral system, individual states administer elections, including those for federal offices such as president and Congress. Laws in some US states prohibit international observers at polling stations, but others — Missouri, New Mexico, North Dakota and South Dakota — allow them.

    “One of the things our election observation mission for the 8 November elections looks at is the question of access for and presence of observers, both international and domestic,” Rymer said. “This is based on the rules in place not only in the different states, but often in different counties. The deployment plan for our observers for election day is not yet complete, as we are still making this determination.”

    Rymer concluded that OSCE’s assessment of the US elections will first be presented in a preliminary statement at a press conference the day after the elections.


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      The US elections system is a mess and designed to facilitate fraud. We see a completely different approach when the US government really wants to control a situation.
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      Remove all electronic voting devices - they are too easily manipulated. Get voting back to marking boxes with a pen in a booth, and at a proscribed place where security is present and where the voter's name is marked off an electoral roll. Reduce the pre-voting numbers.

      Those measures at least will ensure less fraud to the extent that will make fraudulent voting less of a problem.
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      Darrell R
      They need to remove all electronic voting devices manufactured by companies that do not allow a third party to examine them.
    • Capt'nSkippy !!!in reply toterryjohnodgers(Show commentHide comment)
      Totally agree terryjohnodgers, They have manipulated the voting system for far too long and will be trying very hard, especially this one!!!
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