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  • Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal





    Saturday, September 18, 2004

    Does Jimmy Carter know about this? 

    Ohio has been the battleground among swing states. Now, we've upgraded. Ohio has become an observed state.

    Ohio is one of five states being visted by international observers from the human rights group Global Exchange. In addition to Ohio, Global Exchange's lawyers, former elected officials, election specialists and activists will visit Florida (suprise!), Arizona, Missouri and Georgia.

    After the initial visits, smaller groups will return for what Global Exchange officials believe is ``the first large-scale effort by a nongovernment group to monitor U.S. election processes.''

    ``The presence of an international group really gives confidence to voters,'' explained Brigalia Bam, chairwoman of South Africa's Independent Electoral Commission.

    Isn't this what U.S. observers are asked to do for other countries because our democratic election process has long been the world's example? What happened?

    Oh yeah, Florida 2000.

    - Steve Love

    posted by Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal at 11:50 AM



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