Paul Ziriax, secretary of the State Election Board, said the organization has not observed an election in Oklahoma since he became secretary in 2009. He said he met with two of its representatives several weeks ago and learned they would not be on site this time around, either.
“If they were here to tell us how to run elections we would politely tell them to leave, but that wasn't the case. They were here to learn about our election process,” Ziriax said.
Kay Stimson, communications and special projects director for National Association of Secretaries of State, said about 44 representatives from the organization arrived in the U.S. in October and were briefed on national and state election laws before they spread out to meet with state officials.
She said the group assured her organization that calls from some domestic civil rights organizations for more scrutiny “have not changed the original purpose or scope of their mission, which is limited to observation activities.”