|Published:||Oct 30, 2012 5:35 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Oct 30, 2012 5:51 PM EDT|
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Expect some foreign visitors when you cast your ballot next Tuesday. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe will send dozens of monitors from around the world to observe the Presidential and Congressional elections.
The news has caused a stir among some factions of voters. With Conservatives outraged and some Liberals hopeful it will cut down on possible corruption.
Though the news should come as no surprise, the OSCE has observed every US election since 2002 without incident.
According to a statement the OSCE will meet with officials and candidates and visit polling stations on elections day. Different activist groups, like the NAACP and the ACLU, urged the team to send monitors to states where voter ID laws and early voting restrictions have gone into effect.
But that didn't sit well with Greg Abbott, the Attorney General of Texas, who sent a letter to the OSCE threatening criminal prosecution for any observer who came into a Texas polling place.
Rep. Connie Mack also jumped into the debate when he called the news "disgusting."
According to the OSCE observers will be focusing on a number of areas, including the legal system, election administration and new voting technologies.
The US has also sent observers to foreign countries as part of the same agreement.