Foreign election 'observers' warned to abide by Texas law
Yesterday I posted that Texas law effects the ability of some one other than a registered voter to watch elections. Today I got this release from Texas Attorney General Greg Abbot:
You can see the text of his letter to the group at the above link. The group appears to be misinformed about Texas voter integrity efforts.
Attorney General Abbott Tells International Election Observers to Abide by Texas Election LawsTexas AG says Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe has no jurisdiction over Texas electionsAUSTIN - Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today advised the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe -- a United Nations partner -- that groups and individuals from outside the United States do not have jurisdiction to interfere with Texas elections. The Attorney General's letter comes after the international group -- comprised of 56 members including EU nations and other countries such as Albania, Azerbaijan, Cyprus, Estonia, Kazakhstan, Latvia, the Russian Federation, Slovenia and Turkey -- announced they would be sending election observers to sites throughout the United States, including Texas, on Election Day.
The letter says in closing:
...The group has been getting some of its information from a group affiliated with ACORN which has been associated with voter registration fraud.
Elections and election observation are regulated by state law. The Texas Election Code governs anyone who participates in Texas elections—including representatives of the OSCE. The OSCE’s representatives are not authorized by Texas law to enter a polling place. It may be a criminal offense for OSCE’s representatives to maintain a presence within 100 feet of a polling place’s entrance. Failure to comply with these requirements could subject the OSCE’s representatives to criminal prosecution for violating state law.