An international observing delegation reported that US elections were “blurred” by legal uncertainty and “unprecedented efforts to undermine public trust” of Donald Trump.
A preliminary report by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) points to the systemic weaknesses in US elections, as well as the tensions caused by the coronavirus pandemic and Trump̵7;s appeal. calls to end vote counting in some states based on false claims of fraud.
“Unfounded allegations of systematic deficiencies, especially those of the incumbent president, even on election night, damage public trust in democratic institutions,” reports of the Office of Human Rights and Democracy Institutions (ODIHR) of the OSCE and the organization’s parliament, said.
The head of the ODIHR mission, Polish diplomat Urszula Gacek, told the Guardian: “With Covid and a lot of things changing at the last minute for voters and election organizers, it feels uncomfortable or confused. tangled ”. “And most of all, you have an incumbent doing something that we’ve never seen before, questioning the actual process and making the way you vote also a political statement.”
The OSCE report pointed to state-level efforts to accommodate pandemic voting procedures, and then a series of legal challenges to those modifications (overwhelmingly from Communist Party members). draw), is a significant source of confusion when it comes time to vote.
“There was an unprecedented number of lawsuits on the voting process in the months leading up to the election, with more than 400 lawsuits filed in 44 states, some still in court, the report said. sentencing a few days before the election ”. “The legal uncertainty caused by this ongoing litigation has placed an undue burden on some voters wanting to vote and election officials.”
The OSCE recognizes that the problems caused by the pandemic and an erratic president create long-term systemic problems, many of which are detrimental to the poor and ethnic minorities, for example such as various proof of identity requirements at polling stations, which the report found was “overly restrictive” for some voters.
“If the only thing you can use is your college student card and you’re not a student, or a driver’s license and you’re not driving, or a passport and you never travel anywhere, do you have imagine that some are economically disadvantaged Gacek says.
The report also mentions the disinheritance of felony and former felonies. It said: “An estimated 5.2 million citizens have been disenfranchised due to criminal convictions, even though about half of them have served their sentences.”
The report concludes: “These voting restrictions are contrary to the principle of universal suffrage.
Gacek said that $ 400 million of federal emergency funding to state electoral bodies was insufficient and the shortages came from private sources. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, contributed $ 400 million.
“But when you look at the 14 billion dollars that have been spent on the campaign and you are competing against a government that has to rely on philanthropists to help them actually run the election, I think. It’s interesting, ”said Gacek.