In a post on election day, Alesh at Critical Miami said:
On the radio the other day, Carter said that elections in the USA don’t even qualify for the monitoring, because they don’t meet the basic requirements. For example, they require standardized voting procedures for the countries they monitor. Yikes!
Putting my personal thoughts on Carter and the elections which his organization have blessed aside for a second, Carter seems to be very ignorant for a man who once lived at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Here’s something that perhaps you haven’t pondered but that Carter definitely should have. We don’t have uniform national election procedures because we don’t have national elections. Yes, that’s right boys and girls, we do not conduct national elections in the United States of America.
“Wait a second, I vote for president every 4 years!” is what you might be saying and of course you’d be WRONG. The presidential election is not a national election but a series of 50 state-wide elections held on the same day. Your vote goes toward determining which party’s set of electors go to the electoral college and each state has it’s own way of doing this. Some states assign their electors proportionately to the election results but most are “winner takes all” states.
So it doesn’t necessarily make sense for a sparsely populated state to have the same type of procedures and/or machines as a populous state like New York, California or even Florida.
Clean elections do not require uniformity of voting procedures across the various states but rather that the procedures are fair and uniformly applied to all the residents in each particular state.