watchin' u vote

The U.S. joins the list of countries whose elections are being observed by professional monitors

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An opposition leader who refuses to accept the result. Threats against polling places. This is America in 2016, and the world is keeping an eye on us and how we vote.

The Organization of American States is sending election monitors to the U.S. to keep an eye out for any potential wrongdoing. The OAS is a group of countries in the Western Hemisphere that partner on issues such as election monitoring.

But they’re not here because of Republican presidential candidate’s Donald Trump’s insistence that the election might be rigged. Former Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla, head of the OAS observation mission, told the Miami Herald that the U.S. government requested formal election monitoring earlier in the summer. She didn’t seem too concerned.

“Up to now, based on what we have advanced in conversations with representatives of U.S. state and national electoral organizations, we cannot say that there are any indications that there could be a fraud on a national scale,” she told the Herald.

OAS frequently deploys election monitors to countries where there are concerns of election fraud or tampering. Most recently, they observed elections in Haiti. Their website lists other current active missions in Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Peru.

At least 15 states will be receiving election observers, although some states, such as Florida, have laws forbidding outside monitoring of elections. Chinchilla told the Herald that some countries have refused to accept election monitors on the basis that the United States has never accepted them in the past. For example, Venezuela recently used this as a reason to reject monitors to its parliamentary elections.

Guess that’s at least one thing Trump’s candidacy will have accomplished.

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