UN monitors at US polling locations causing controversy
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott weighs in
- Duration 4:18
- Date Oct 24, 2012
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott weighs in
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-- just call on the leave us a lone star state that is the message Texas is -- to do a group of foreigners.
Planning to monitor US polling places on -- -- -- the -- visit affiliated with the United Nations it's -- the organization for security.
And cooperation and it's been monitoring US elections for the better part of a decade now but this time around liberal activists are coordinating with these guys.
To watch for any hint of voter suppression by conservatives.
Greg have it won't be having anything to do -- -- is the attorney general.
The state of Texas.
It is so weird kind of a group and what looks like a coalition of forces doing this what -- they did it does show up of polling sites and what are they supposed to do.
-- of one of our concerns is we don't know exactly what they're doing and that's why we're trying to raise a red flag here because there -- laws in the -- at Texas.
And we expect this to you and related partner.
And their affiliates to abide by Texas laws and we sent them a message -- that if they failed to do so.
They are subject to criminal prosecution but -- -- this one point and that is you talked about how liberal activists have gotten associated with this group.
-- you had a meeting with this group in April.
The liberal activist you need to know about include a project about.
Project vote is an affiliate of acorn the now disgraced organization that was.
Involved in voter fraud.
And we need to make sure in Texas we don't have acorn style voter fraud taken place.
And we don't take any kind of -- to this European group think and they can come in.
And monitor elections in this that a Texas.
What I wonder about -- its -- it is some.
If they come in are they watching from a distance are -- -- who goes and who goes out are -- writing it down videotaping it.
Because he admitted the most suspect countries I think even US Chavez's -- when he invited the likes of Jimmy -- harder to monitor.
The election there.
It's always -- what did that a host country in this case inviting someone to check it out and I'm sure you and the governor Governor Perry didn't didn't do that.
But that's what sounds so kind of weird.
Well two points first for -- -- to understand this is something that's taken place across the country not just in the states Texas.
Second to we don't know exactly how close they are expect ago but the one guy who has asserted I guess just to -- -- wants pioneered.
Is states that are trying.
-- to crack down on on a legal voters are those who shouldn't be voting.
Bombed as if you're -- pressing devote -- would continue.
They have called out the states that are trying to implement.
Voter identification laws where the states -- trying to protect the integrity of the ballot box and -- states.
And that is offensive for one did this international unit.
Things that they can somehow supersede the United States Supreme Court decision saying that voter ID laws are perfectly constitutional but more to your point.
We don't know how closely so called observers wanna get it in their -- -- for voter identification application.
-- will have to be closer than a hundred feet to the polling place in order to discern what's going on.
If they get closer than a hundred feet so polling place they're committing a crime in the state of taxes that we intend to prosecute.
How do you check voter.
Know who's whose right to vote is not regiment in Texas where you cross license when he request.
Well in this go to Texas this last legislative session we passed a voter identification law.
Because taxes is subject to the pre clearance requirements of the voting rights act.
We had to go to trial in Washington DC.
Last month a three judge federal panel said that -- but Texas voter ID law.
Does not go into effect this election and -- the process of appealing that to the US Supreme Court so that Texas.
Guess to benefit from the same law of the Indiana and other states get a good thought but it didn't help but I don't cynically do you get to show -- eating its existing stand out approve.
You are legal resident and -- vote.
You're you're supposed to show your voter identification card you have to have.
Proof of citizenship to get one of those if you don't have that you -- have to show a legitimate identification such as a driver's license or other legitimate photo identification.
And can rent we'll watch closely attorney general thank you.
Very much thank you --