With public concern growing over potential problems at U.S. polls in November, one way to build confidence would be to allow international observers to monitor the election. That’s what many other countries do, explains political scientist Timothy Rich, who himself has been an election observer and says their presence and monitoring can “promote faith and integrity.”

They could do the same here in the U.S., Rich writes, but most states do not welcome international observers, and some explicitly prohibit them.

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