Backfire: UN poll watchers dumbfounded that US doesn’t require photo ID to vote

When the NAACP solicited UN poll watchers to inspect voting sites in the US, they wanted to hear complaints of voter suppression.  Instead, UN poll watchers are baffled that the United States doesn’t require a photo ID to vote.
from Foreign Policy:

 For the head of Libya’s national election commission, the method by which Americans vote is startling in that it depends so much on trust and the good faith of election officials and voters alike.

“It’s an incredible system,” said Nuri K. Elabbar, who traveled to the United States along with election officials from more than 60 countries to observe today’s presidential elections as part of a program run by the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES). Your humble Cable guy visited polling places with some of the international officials this morning. Most of them agreed that in their countries, such an open voting system simply would not work.

“It’s very difficult to transfer this system as it is to any other country. This system is built according to trust and this trust needs a lot of procedures and a lot of education for other countries to adopt it,” Elabbar said.

The most often noted difference between American elections among the visitors was that in most U.S. states, voters need no identification. Voters can also vote by mail, sometimes online, and there’s often no way to know if one person has voted several times under different names, unlike in some Arab countries, where voters ink their fingers when casting their ballots.

The international visitors also noted that there’s no police at U.S. polling stations. In foreign countries, police at polling places are viewed as signs of security; in the United States they are sometimes seen as intimidating.


  • Victoria

    It’s pretty bad when the UN wonders WTF on no ID.

    • Bill T Smith

      I agree and I bet this is the only way he won

    • txlady706

      Liberalism is a mental disorder.
      I need ID to by alcohol
      I’m over 40 years old.
      I don’t need ID to vote.
      We are drowning in a diluted vote. The American citizen is worthless in the eyes of the Libs. Truth is completely worthless and the UN wonders how they can sell this type of total corruption to the rest of the world. They’ll say – look it works for America….

  • aeray

    I agree with the UN, we need photo ID in our voting procedures in the US

  • DJTX

    Well, I hate to admit it, but the U.N. is right on this one! You have to wonder, as close as the election was, who REALLY would have won with good voter ID laws, actually counting overseas military votes, and whatever early votes that weren’t counted. Not to mention having voting machines that didn’t change your vote.

    • Lin Kellum

      I agree, especially about the overseas military votes. Apparently, many overseas military personnel did not even receive the ballots to vote. In one instance, they were given the form, then told it was the wrong one, and never given another one. Showing an ID should be required – I like the idea of the fingerprint.

  • danstewart

    The dems cannot win an election without cheating. Voter ID must be enacted, however I am not holding my breath. The dems rely on cheating to win, & the repubs are too wimpy to enact it when they are in control.

    • Oldlady25

      They are as good as the Dems at cheating in a manner that won’t be found out. And the media will not give them cover like they do the Dems.

  • jude

    I guess none of you got the message, “we are going to fix that!” means there will be no voting for another presidente after he changes the constitution.

  • Fred Mitchell

    Frank Sinatra, said he did it his way,,,,,,,,,Obama did it the dirty way.

  • Betty Grice

    Thats right no Voter ID how do you think this commie could win if we had ID’s

  • opsman

    Why are UN officials observing our elections anyway, furthermore what the hell should we care what someone from Libya thinks about our elections? Personally I do not think we should have even allowed them to observe our elections in the first place.

  • mom58

    the question is
    if your candidate is so wonderful
    why do you need to cheat
    I feel many of us were cheated out of what should have been
    something does not feel right about this election

  • CaptTurbo

    The system worked fine up until the democrat party became the Marxist Party. There is no honor left.


    Minnesota tried to pass a voter ID law in both houses of the legislature. It passed but was vetoed by the far left liberal Governor Dayton. Polls said that voter ID was favored by 78% of the Minnesota citizens. It then went onto the ballot as a constitutional amendment and failed to pass. All people who just voted for President and representatives and did not cast a vote on the voter ID were automatically counted as no votes. The proposed voter ID amendment lost by slightly over 50%. Even the will of the vast majority can be overcome when the opposition uses dubious means!

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