Is It Time to Call in The U.N. Election Monitors?
October 18, 2020 at 1:25 PM - Views: 81 #369574Snort McDorkParticipant
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Is It Time to Call in the UN Elections Monitors?
By Charles Pierce, Esquire
14 October 20
Republicans have said vote-by-mail will be a problem—and in California, they seem determined to make it so.
sn’t it time to call in the United Nations monitors?
The post, from Jordan Tygh, a regional field director for the California Republican Party, encouraged people to message him for “convenient locations” to drop their own ballots. The problem is the drop box in the photo is not official – and it could be against the law. The California Secretary of State has received reports in recent days about possible unauthorized ballot drop boxes in Fresno, Los Angeles and Orange counties, agency spokesman Sam Mahood said Sunday evening. Reports place such boxes at local political party offices, candidate headquarters and churches.
Secretary of State Alex Padilla said his office is coordinating with local elections officials to look into the reports. Only county elections officials can oversee ballot drop boxes, choosing the number, location, hours of operation and other details. County registrars are charged with making sure every box follows strict state guidelines for security, including making sure they can’t be tampered with and tracing the chain of custody of all ballots.
I’m serious. This is a job for those folks that Jimmy Carter ran with overseas, who knew kabuki democracy when it punched them in the nose. In yet another sentence I never thought I’d write: Tom Friedman is right. The call to ratfcking is right out in the open now, straight from the Truman balcony and streaming outward, like industrial runoff into a river, to all points of the compass.
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October 18, 2020 at 1:42 PM #369579jwirrParticipant
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Jimmy Carter and his group are going to monitor a US election the first time in November.
October 18, 2020 at 8:06 PM #369669Ohio BarbarianModerator
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@jwirr They needed to be called in back in 2000, and for most primary and general elections since.
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October 18, 2020 at 9:54 PM #369685surrealAmericanParticipant
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I seem to remember that there are some minimal standards for their services – standards that the US does not meet.
I think one of them was consistent national systems. We have different systems for each state, and sometimes different for each county within a state.
October 19, 2020 at 12:38 AM #369739Bernie BoomerParticipant
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Logistics and perception of bias – but it sounds like they’ll make some local efforts.
The US has to accept limited monitoring by the UN, as one of the member states, but a full-on monitoring requires a vote of the entire assembly.
October 18, 2020 at 9:54 PM #369686GryneosParticipant
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that was my reaction! We needed them in 2000 and ever since then, and not just for federal-office elections. Local, regional, and state elections need UN monitors.
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October 18, 2020 at 10:11 PM #369706sadoldgirlParticipant
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This is strange, because it does not make sense to me.
California? I would assume Florida, Pennsylvania, Michigan,
or Ohio to have a better success rate.
October 18, 2020 at 10:32 PM #369712peacecorpsParticipant
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I know. It would be a short drive for most. 🙂
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October 19, 2020 at 12:54 PM #369775djean111Participant
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which the Democratic Party will insist is just enthusiasm for Joe Biden, declare it a mandate, and California will once again threaten to leave the US if it does not get to pick the president. Because California has a LOT of people and a LOT of money, even if it does not actually bother taking care of the poor people. And will dismiss any complaints with “sore loser” sneers. Because if any group is expert at being sore losers, it is the DNC. Although might be as fake as their “platform”.
So yeah, the UN. And paper ballots counted in front of cameras. I am thinking it is good that I have no horse in this race, really, neither Trump nor Biden mean to do us any good at all. Makes the “choose your poison” meme a little too close to home, IMO.
October 19, 2020 at 1:19 PM #369777FasttenseParticipant
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She lives in California and she’s seen the fake RepubliCON boxes on the street corner. She said that you can tell they are fake and don’t look like the real boxes.
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