Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Bring In the U.N.

Just like in any banana republic, having independent monitors might be the best way to ensure that there are free and fair elections here in Miami.

Miami-Dade Commission Chairwoman Barbara Carey-Shuler has asked the county manager to let an independent organization monitor the county’s primary election in three weeks and the presidential election in November.

Last week, Carey-Shuler issued a memo to County Manager George Burgess urging election revisions that included the testing of the electronic voting machines during the election and oversight from the inspector general’s office and the county’s Audit and Management Department.

She said the county and its Elections Department were “the laughingstock of the nation.”

On Monday, Carey-Shuler wanted Burgess to contact the International Foundation for Elections Systems, a company created after it merged with the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Democracy — which oversaw the county’s election process in November 2002.

“Today, we are again at a crossroads,” Carey-Shuler wrote. “Florida, specifically Miami-Dade County, is once more under the nation’s and the world’s watchful eyes.” [Miami Herald]

Hey, it worked in El Salvador.