At the invitation of the State Department, the OSCE sent 100 observers to more than 30 states to monitor the vote. The preliminary findings they release on Wednesday will be followed by a more comprehensive report early next year from the OSCE branch of election monitoring.
Observers expressed admiration for the administration of the election and a heavy amount of criticism. They described Election Day and early voting in previous weeks as “competitive and well managed” between the coronavirus pandemic, despite more than 400 lawsuits filed and in 44 states.
But the preliminary report spread its criticism widely. It expressed concern about “acumen campaign rhetoric”;, especially that of Trump, whom observers say often blurs the lines between the campaign and the administration.
The media reported accurate information, the research team said. But it accuses cable TV networks of reporting their views and bias and that the media expressed their political tendencies. It said online news sites “frequently put out exaggerated or out of place messages” amplified by social media.
Urszula Gacek, a former Polish diplomat who leads observers from the OSCE’s Office of Organization for Democracy and Human Rights, said a group visited the post offices to see the ballot’s processing. sent by mail found nothing.
“We feel that the allegations of systematic misconduct in these elections are not well grounded,” she said. “The system has worked fine.”
Observers devoted their harshest criticism to Trump’s remarks and his conduct. When publishing the report, Gacek said she was impressed by the high turnout rate “despite the incumbent president’s deliberate efforts to undermine confidence in the electoral process.”
The report criticized Trump’s “discriminatory and pitiful” statements against women and others and accused him of misusing his position.
“The difference between state and party activities is not always respected, as the incumbent president constantly uses his official capacity to gain political advantage,” it said.
The report said “most of the candidates” misrepresented, “especially from the incumbent president, thereby reducing voters’ ability to accurately assess their views and qualifications candidate”. And it criticized Trump for refusing to pledge to switch power peacefully if he lost and claiming repeatedly that the election was fraudulent.
Such statements by an incumbent president undermine public confidence in state institutions and are widely believed to increase the likelihood of predominantly motivated violence, the report said. after the election “.