Texas Secretary of State weighs in on election observers

Sec. Hope Andrade: Observers will be watched closely; Texas Elections Code violations will not be tolerated

Author: Paul Venema, Reporter, pvenema@ksat.com
Published On: Oct 26 2012 03:26:57 PM CDT   Updated On: Oct 26 2012 04:46:52 PM CDT
SAN ANTONIO -

Texas Secretary of State Hope Andrade joined Gov. Rick Perry and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott in their pledge to closely monitor elections observers from Europe.

The presence of observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe has generated a considerable amount of controversy.

The observers will be allowed to visit with elections administrators but will not be allowed to enter polling places.

“Notices were sent to all elections administrators to make sure that they understood that (the OSCE observers) were strictly observers and that they could only meet with elections officials for sharing of information,” Andrade said.

The observers are required to stay beyond the 100-foot distance markers at all polling sites.

Abbott has promised to prosecute anyone in violation of state election laws.

The controversy surrounding the observers presence is based primarily on OSCE’s ties to groups that are opposed to the state’s voter identification laws.