February 14, 2013
Thank you for contacting our office regarding election observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). I value your input on this important issue and appreciate the opportunity to respond.
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) is an international organization – consisting of 57 countries, including the United States – that seeks to facilitate solutions for a wide range of security-related concerns. As you may know, the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights recently sent election analysts to observe an array of Election Day activities during the 2012 elections in the United States. The OSCE has previously observed five sets of elections in the United States since 2002, including the 2010 mid-term Congressional elections and the 2008 general elections.
As a member state of the OSCE, the United States becomes open to observers from the organization to ensure the U.S. complies with their commitment of promoting free and democratic elections. It is important to recognize that OSCE observation abilities are limited to the discretion of the individual state.
In order for a free society to function, there must be free and fair elections. As a leader in promoting democracy here and abroad, I believe America is more than capable of ensuring our elections meet this criteria. Rest Assured, I will not support the United States ceding any authority granted under our Constitution when it comes to establishing election procedures.
Again, thank you for taking the time to contact me. I am humbled and honored you have afforded me the opportunity to represent you in the United States House of Representatives. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future about issues of importance to you. Feel free to visit my Congressional website at http://southerland.house.gov or contact our office with any future concerns.
Steve Southerland, II
United States Representative
Don't ever try to dazzle me with bullshit. Doesn't work. And apparently, observing didn't help prevent voter fraud, either.