International observers may be in the United States on Election Day, but they will not be inside Ohio polling places, and the organization says it will honor state law.
Earlier this week, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted announced that international observers, affiliated with the United Nations, would not be allowed in Ohio polling centers, citing state laws that limit who is present in polling places on Election Day.
Other states, including Iowa and Texas, have also objected to the international observers. Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz said he welcomes the monitors to Iowa, but he warned against trying to “gain access” to Iowa polling sites on Election Day, according to Fox News. And, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, in a letter to the OSCE, threatened to prosecute any observer who breaks state law by getting too close to any polling site. Read m
The Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe (OSCE) plans to have poll observers throughout the United States on Tuesday. The OSCE is based and meets in Vienna, Austria, and is considered a regional partner organization of the United Nations, pursuant to Chapter VIII of the U.N. Charter.