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POLLING PLACES: Observers Not Allowed

Posted on: 10:20 pm, November 2, 2012, by , updated on: 10:33pm, November 2, 2012

Iowa is one of two states that is not allowing international observers into polling places during Tuesday’s voting. ”There is no exception for international visitors.” says Mary Mosiman with the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office, “And anybody who is not on that list basically the election officials have the right to ask them to be removed.’

That list includes, obviously voters and poll workers, police officers and the media, but no outside observers. Those observers could be arrested if they are seen within 100-feet of a polling place in Iowa.  That`s not setting well with Ambassador Janez Lenarcic with the Office of Democratic Institutions and Human Rights,  who issued a statement saying, The threat of criminal sanctions against observers is unacceptable”

The Iowa Secretary of State`s office did meet with the observers and answered questions about the election process.

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