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Russian Observers Say U.S. Elections Like 'Hamburgers' -- But Not In A Good Way

November's U.S. presidential election, which returned incumbent Barack Obama to office, has been slammed as deeply flawed by a Russian think tank.
November's U.S. presidential election, which returned incumbent Barack Obama to office, has been slammed as deeply flawed by a Russian think tank.
By Robert Coalson
Russian election monitors are set to issue their final report on the November 2012 presidential election in the United States. And, as expected from their preliminary reports, they found much to criticize.

"American elections are like a hamburger: It looks beautiful, but the patty inside is artificial," said Igor Borisov, chairman of the Russian Public Institute of Electoral Law (ROIIP), which will issue its full report on January 17. Borisov is also a former member of Russia's Central Election Commission, which ordered the ROIIP report.

An advance copy of the report was made available to the daily "Izvestia."

Borisov told the daily that the November election did not conform to most international election standards. In particular, he said the vote fell short in the areas of election law, openness, and fairness.

The report, which was compiled on the basis of "distance monitoring" instead of an on-the-ground observer mission, argues that some 50 million American adults were deprived of their right to vote. This problem, the report says, was particularly acute among "racial minorities."

According to the report, the election was less than ideal in terms of secrecy as well. It claims some states allow voting by fax or e-mail and that employers sometimes "helped" employees fill out their ballots under the threat of dismissal.

'Neither Free Nor Fair'

State Duma Deputy Aleksei Pushkov, a member of the ruling United Russia party, told "Izvestia" that the United States was "most likely the only country that claims to be democratic but does not have direct or national elections." He was referring to the fact that voters in the United States technically vote for electors in the Electoral College, who in turn later cast ballots for president and vice president.

The report's findings should come as no surprise. The think tank behind it already predicted back in early November -- before voters even started casting their ballots -- that the U.S. election would be neither free nor fair.

The Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) sent a limited observer mission to the election and concluded it was "vibrant and highly competitive." The OSCE, however, expressed "real concerns" over voting rights, the accuracy of voter lists, the transparency of campaign financing, and recount procedures.

But even this assessment of the presidential vote by the OSCE was challenged by Russian official Sergei Chumaryov, a senior counselor at Moscow's embassy in Washington, who claimed its observers visited only polling stations "where you were allowed to visit." 

The November 6 election in the United States was won by incumbent President Barack Obama. Obama will be inaugurated for his second term on January 21.

Robert Coalson

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by: Asehpe from: the Netherlands
January 16, 2013 18:29
And yet, Russia tries to emulate every single thing it criticizes in this report, and much more successfully (not even bothering to make the hamburger 'look good').

Ah, the sweet smell of propaganda in the air...
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by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
January 16, 2013 21:48
Sure, Russia is double-faced Vaulcher, "Sterviatnik".
One head looks down at the Russians and minorities,
While steping people into serfery, like ruster "kuryartnik",
Another lerning tricks from ruling races of World Powers -
Fit standards, like from Masson and Neo-Tech "krovososnik".

by: Ben
January 18, 2013 09:55
The chief of Russian Election Comission refused his New-Year`s theatrical role of a MAGISIAN! I think,beacause of dishonest polls accusations. The pretensions to American polls in this circumstances are natural!

by: Kevin Riley O'Keeffe from: Sioux Falls, South Dakota
January 18, 2013 18:29
The remarks quoted below constitute a laughable assertion. I was hoping the Russians were going to blast our system in the areas where it needs blasting ie., a pair of nearly-identical political parties = the functional equivalent of a one-party-state, arbitrary & unjust ballot access laws, campaign finance as legalized bribery, etc. Instead they're sticking with a moronic, cliched leftist canard about how the-Blacks-and-the-poor-ain't-allowed-to-vote. How utterly disappointing (and false).

"The report, which was compiled on the basis of 'distance monitoring' instead of an on-the-ground observer mission, argues that some 50 million American adults were deprived of their right to vote. This problem, the report says, was particularly acute among 'racial minorities.'"
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by: Ben
January 20, 2013 12:29
Kevin.Obama have taken power owing to people with the fog in the head, like you.If you hoped that the Russia-interested comentators would teach you to understand the American politics,you`ve failed.
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by: Mamuka
January 20, 2013 14:53
And yet Pravda.ru has issued some scathing, well-thought-out attacks on the current administration using arguments which US media largely ignores. Of course I have no idea what they are saying about Putin. It is like the old joke where the American says, 'we have the right to criticise our government.' And the Soviet says, 'we are also free to criticise your government.'
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by: Jack from: US
January 20, 2013 15:20
yes, US "elections" are a sham show, put up by ruling mafia which occasionally changes mask from "republican" to "democratic" but it is still the same mafia. No one outside of that mafia has any chance to get "elected". American people are at large an inert mass of rednecks and hillbillies who would believe anything mafia-controlled "free" media tells them

by: Ben
January 21, 2013 17:07
American polls pleasant news: Obama selebrate "great Latinos nation" for their almost unanimous vote for his presidency!!! The first black grateful( to Latinos ) president!
You,Putin`s critics,imagine him as the organizer of the selebration of his supporters for instance: "great Russian(or Ossetian ) nation who entrust me... The American shame.

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