Experts: U.S. Needs International Observers To Monitor The 2020 Election
McClatchy foreign affairs columnist Markos Kounalakis called upon the world’s democracies to observe the November U.S. election for fairness, writing in Washington Monthly that the “global democratic community should treat [President] Trump no differently than other autocrats.”
This year, the global democratic community needs to gear up and step in to oversee, monitor, and judge the fairness of November’s U.S. presidential election. Germany, Sweden, Japan, India, Australia, Canada, Costa Rica, Chile, Ethiopia, Tunisia, Israel, and other nations all need to up their game. They should immediately train and send new volunteers to conduct sweeping election monitoring across America, mostly in tough battleground states.
The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) already has a 500-person delegation slated to monitor America’s process. It should crank up those numbers significantly, especially since OSCE recently raised concerns around November’s “most challenging” election.
Kounalakis, who has participated in such international efforts himself, wrote that “the stage is set for one of the nastiest post-election moments in U.S. history,” with boths sides of the aisle challenging the outcome before the first vote has been cast.
President Trump regularly raises the specter of mail-in fraud and illegal votes. Hillary Clinton has warned Joe Biden not to concede on Election Night, when exit polls, overzealous pols, or online reporting might declare a premature or pre-emptive Trump victory.
Other nations need to follow America’s historically important role in guaranteeing free and fair elections worldwide. They need to assure that America practices what it preaches. Democracies everywhere must certify this year’s election was above board. After all, every democratic country has skin in this game.