The Tenth Amendment reads, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” The Constitution does not say how elections are to be run so this power falls to the states. It cannot be delegated to the the United Nations.
The The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) is a partner with the United Nations.
It has been monitoring U.S. elections for fair practices in the 2004, 2008 presidential elections and the 2010 midterm elections.
On October 12, 2012, a letter was sent to OSCE Ambassador Daan Everts. It was was signed by the leaders of eight organizations: The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, NAACP, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, ACLU, League of Women Voters, Asian American Justice Center, Member of Asian American Center for Advancing Justice Demos, Project Vote. The letter asked for “election monitoring, are in place in key areas around the country, and believe your presence would be particularly critical in districts in Colorado, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin.”
Currently OSCE plans to deploy fifty seven observers. It is not clear where they will go, but it has outraged Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott.
He wrote Ambassador Everts.
“The OSCE may be entitled to its opinions about voter ID laws, but your opinion is legally irrelevant in the United States, where the Supreme Court has already determined that voter ID laws are constitutional … Groups and individuals from outside the United States are not allowed to influence or interfere with the election process in Texas.” He threatened to prosecute the monitors if they violate Texas law, which prohibits unauthorized persons from entering or to loiter within 100 feet of a polling place.
Governor Rick Perry agrees by saying, “No U.N. monitors / inspectors will be part of any Texas election process.”
At a State Department media briefing U.N. Spokesperson Victoria Nuland said the OSCE observers would have full diplomatic immunity.
Abbott responded with a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
“As you know, Texas election laws govern anyone who participates in Texas elections. The fact that representatives of the United States joined the U.S.S.R, Yugoslavia, Romania, and other OSCE member-nations in signing a document at a 1989 conference in Copenhagen has absolutely no bearing on the administration of elections or laws governing elections in the State of Texas.” Further in the letter he said, “In fact, paragraph 8 specifically stipulates that OSCE representatives may only observe elections “to the extent allowed by law.” As you know, in the United States that means both state and federal law. The OSCE’s letter states only that its observers are committed to compliance “with all national laws and regulations.”
This statement may simply reveal that the OSCE is unfamiliar with our nation’s federalist system. On the other hand, it may reveal that the OSCE does not consider itself restrained by state law. Texas needs OSCE’s assurance that its representatives will abide by Texas law when they are present in this state. We have not received that assurance.”
One or the U.N. observers will be from Russia. The head of the Russian Central Election Commission is Vladimir Churov. He ranked the American electoral system among the “worst in the world.”
Ambassador Everts defused the situation saying the observers would comply with state laws and would not need to be in the polling places.
America is blessed with a federalist system of government and patriots like Attorney General Greg Abbott willing to defend it against centralized power.
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