International Poll Watchers Meet with Polk County

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By Rachel Begle

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An international organization wants to observe voting on Nov. 6 in Iowa.

Members of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe met Monday with Polk County Auditor Jamie Fitzgerald. They plan to visit other counties before deciding where to observe.

Fitzgerald says officials aren't obligated to let them watch, but he sees no problem with it.

In Texas, Attorney General Greg Abbott threatened to prosecute group members who approach the polls. Members of the organization include the United States and 55 countries in Europe and Central Asia.

In Iowa, Republican and Democratic party representatives also will watch voters.

Chad Olsen, the chief of staff for Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz, says parties want to ensure nothing goes wrong in the battleground state.

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