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liberalitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 08:40 AM
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We should have had UN election observers.....
Infact in the future the UN should conduct all US elections
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alevensalor Donating Member (424 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 08:47 AM
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1. That would have the undesired effect
of stopping the decay of democracy and western civilization as we know it. Are you a terrorist? ;)

~A!
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kuozzman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 08:48 AM
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2. We did! They said our elections are pathetic!!!
I'll get the link.
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kuozzman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 08:54 AM
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3. "How could this happen in America?"
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/20020...
11/01/04: Intl poll watchers face red tape in U.S. As an OSCE country, the U.S. is committed to and required to invite the outside scrutiny of its electoral process. When met at airport by Florida Secretary of State Glenda Hood, they learned that poll-watchers must be registered voters in the county where they desire to observe the voting and must submit written applications in advance. Sorry? The observers also noted that The idea of outside observers at a U.S. election doesn't sit well with all U.S. politicians.

11/11/04: Intl reaction to U.S. elections-disbelief-How could this happen in America? upon reports of black voters being challenged by Republican lawyers at polling places, of minorities asked for two forms of identification when only one was needed, of polling places moved to police stations in minority precincts, of hundreds of electronic voting malfunctions, and of polling stations lacking enough provisional ballots.

10/21/04:
Belarus criticizes U.S. electoral processto OSCE-The U.S. does not meet present-day requirements, is archaic, unwieldy, frequently complicated and bureaucratic in nature and, in the final analysis, does not guarantee the holding of genuinely democratic elections.

Also notes that the United States itself has criticized early voting and electronic voting in other countries because the lack of security could lead to manipulating voters votes. From its observation mission, the OSCE concluded that the U.S. mostly met its international commitments for holding free and fair elections.

But the mission cited a number of significant issues, particularly around implementation of the "Help America Vote Act," electoral fraud and voter suppression, as well as problems relating to the use of electronic voting machines. Significant delays at the polling station are likely to deter some voters from voting and may restrict the right to vote, the OSCE said.

While the OSCE billed the observation mission as a formality that all participating states are obliged to accept, and emphasized that it had dispatched observers in previous U.S. elections, the reality is that never had such an extensive mission been undertaken in the United States.

But it is clear that many nations wont tolerate what many consider the continued lawlessness of the United States.

http://www.consortiumnews.com/2004/111104.html
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tommcintyre Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-15-04 07:15 PM
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5. Great article!
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Nimrod Donating Member (999 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 08:57 AM
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4. The UN isn't perfect
But it beats the crap out of the alternative. Our nation desperately needs some policing, and I'm not talking about the citizenry.

One of my fondest wishes is that a totally neutral party could come in here and spend about ten years crawling up this country's ass with a microscope. Our corruption is so deep-seated that nothing less would have a prayer of rooting it out.
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