This is rich: UN election observers amazed US allows voting without ID
Foreign Policy reports that those United Nations observers of the US elections - agreed to by the Obama administration and disdained by many Red States - are amazed that the US allows voting without identification cards
"It's an incredible system," said [Libyan election commission chief] 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,"
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
Here in Israel, you need your identification card, you can only vote in person, and you vote by putting a slip of paper with your chosen party's symbol on it into an envelope, and you put the envelope in the ballot box. If you include more than one slip - even from the same party - your vote is disqualified.
Labels: United Nations, US elections