Thursday, October 15, 2020

We're Being Watched!

As it has in past national elections, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has detailed election observers to monitor the US election.  Observers arrived in the U.S. on September 28 to begin their work, starting in Washington, D.C.  The 44 delegates -- 14 experts and 30 long-term observers -- are led by Ambassador Urszula Gacek (Poland).  COVID-19 has unfortunately reduced the numbers of observers and the duration of their monitoring, but the mission is proceeding despite this limitations.  More information about the OSCE monitoring plan for the US is here.

The Carter Center is also poised to monitor a U.S. election for the first time this fall.  The Center made the decision after the party conventions in August, citing a "backsliding" of American democracy that started a decade ago and has accelerated during the Trump administration."  More information on the Carter Center's efforts are here.

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