OSCE declares US election fair, free of rampant human rights infringements

Vienna, Austria-based Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) asserted Wednesday that the Nov. 8 U.S. elections were fair, although there were some incidents of voter intimidation.

“Some legal and administrative decisions appear to have had a partisan flavor.  These recent changes led to a lack of clarity regarding the rules,” OSCE mission head, Ambassador Audrey Glover, told reporters Wednesday.

The subject of a string of legal battles, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was recently stripped of a key provision by the U.S. Supreme Court, which had previously required the federal government to supervise elections in states which had demonstrated a record of discriminating against minorities access to polls.

Civil rights groups had expressed concerns the elimination of this clause would lead to widespread voter intimidation and voter disenfranchisement.

Deploying over 300 observers in 33 states, the OSCE maintained it had not witnessed any serious violations at polling stations, although the international group was prohibited from monitoring early election polling stations in 19 states.

In affirming the impartiality of the election, OSCE did highlight flaws in voter registration, which led the group to express its unease with “voter-registration methods” in the United States.

In addition to OSCE, the Justice Department and intercontinental group, Organization of American States, also sent more than 500 election monitors to oversee voting procedures on Tuesday, covering states from New York to California.

 

[Reuters] [Photo courtesy AFP/Yuri Gripas via Sputnik International]

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