Robert Knight

Did you know that the United Nations, whose blue-helmeted troops have been charged with everything from rape to theft in Third World countries, is going to have an affiliated organization help us run our elections?

That’s right. Forty-four international observers are going to monitor America’s Election Day on Nov. 6. On the bright side, that’s at least 44 people who won’t be busy undermining free speech by trying to stamp out anything remotely critical of Islam such as Internet videos or cartoons. It won’t stop Hillary Clinton, of course, but let’s deal with one scold at a time.

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s (OSCE) Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, which works closely with the UN, began monitoring U.S. elections in 2002. In March, several leftwing groups went to Geneva to complain to the UN that new state laws requiring photo IDs for registration or voting constitute “suppression” of minority voters. Complaining about America to the likes of Russia, China and Cuba over elections is like whining to Don Corleone over possible cheating in a poker game down at the firehouse.

The NAACP, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) followed the Geneva trip up with a letter this month to OSCE, charging that there is “a coordinated political effort to disenfranchise millions of Americans.”

The “disenfranchisement” and “suppression” themes are patently false. The U.S. Supreme Court dispatched these notions in no uncertain terms in 2008 when upholding Indiana’s photo ID law. Minority voting actually increased in two elections following passage of Indiana’s law and a similar one in Georgia.

In July 2012, the Heritage Foundation released a paper, “Lessons from the Voter ID Experience in Kansas,” in which Secretary of State of Kansas Kris Kobach reported that only 32 of the state’s 1.7 million voters requested free IDs from the state so they could vote in this year’s elections.

None of this has stopped liberals from chanting the “suppression” mantra loud enough to reach across to Switzerland, or at least to the UN headquarters on New York’s Upper East Side, where America’s sins edge out Mayor Bloomberg’s anti-obesity edicts as the favored topic at wine and cheese parties.

Along with the “suppression” nonsense, prominent Democrats continue to insist that vote fraud is rare or nonexistent. This is the party, you understand, that runs Chicago’s vote-rich graveyards and handed Al Franken a U.S. Senate seat in 2008 through multiple recounts in Minnesota that included ballots found in a car trunk.


Robert Knight

Robert Knight is an author, senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union and a frequent contributor to Townhall.