Bob Barr

What Voter ID laws in some 33 American states have to do with “regional security” in Europe escapes me; but for some reason the Obama Administration sees a link. According to the official OSCE website, the U.S. Mission to that organization issued an “official invitation” earlier this Fall for it to send nearly four dozen officials to monitor our electoral process – from campaign activities to vote counting. The OSCE, through its component bureaucracy, the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), will then issue a report letting us and the world know whether our elections measure up to its high standards and those of its member states, such as Albania and Krygystan.

Thankfully, and unlike the official U.S. Mission to OSCE, some elected officials in our country have told these foreign observers to “butt out.” Attorneys General in Texas, Oklahoma and Iowa, for example, have put the head of the OSCE/ODIHR on notice that any international “observers” who attempted to interfere in their states’ electoral processes, will face criminal prosecution.

Janez Lenarcic, the Slovenian diplomat who heads the ODIHR, bristled at the threat of prosecution, declaring that the U.S. has an “obligation” to grant his observers access to American polling sites and processes. This is nonsense, of course, but some election officials still kowtow to these international meddlers. For instance, Mark Anderson, the election supervisor for Bay County, Florida was photographed obediently demonstrating to the head of the ODIHR Monitoring Mission how that county’s voting machines worked.

Affording these international meddlers any credibility or implication that we “owe” them any access to, or explanation about, our domestic voting processes, plays right into the hands of those who wish to have various international organizations, including the United Nations, become formally involved in all manner of legal and domestic issues, from guns to the Internet. Predictably, the OSCE and the ODIHR have found allies not only in the current Administration, but also among liberal groups operating in the private sector, including the discredited ACORN.

The best response to this institutionalized meddling in our electoral process – whether by some international bureaucracy, an organized labor group, or a black militant organization – is to follow the lead of the Texas, Oklahoma and Iowa Attorneys General, and put them on notice they will not only be unwelcome intruders in our elections, but will be prosecuted for thus interfering.


Bob Barr

Bob Barr represented Georgia’s 7th district in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995 -2003 and as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia from 1986-1990.