International Election Observation, 4 Pace University Yearbook of International Law 1 (1992)
I come to the subject of international election observation as something of a penitent. For a long time, I was a spotty voter. I took the right to vote and the assurance of a free and fair election for granted. I was not alone. In the United States, in many elections, less than half of our potential electorate exercises its right to vote. I would like to believe that my dereliction from this important civic privilege had justifications and aggravations. As a student and then young professor of international law, I moved often. In my personal economy of priorities, I frequently neglected to register in time to vote. And I confess that as a student of politics and a product of American Legal Realism, I was also infected with a certain amount of cynicism about the relevance of elections to the actual exercise of power.
Date of Authorship for this Version
Reisman, W. Michael, "International Election Observation" (1992). Faculty Scholarship Series. Paper 868.