Thursday, January 12, 2012

Caught On Tape

James O’Keefe, the right-wing merry prankster of ACORN video fame, tried to prove with a hidden video that there was voter fraud in the New Hampshire primary by committing voter fraud.

The undercover video shows unnamed individuals working at O’Keefe’s behest approaching polling stations throughout New Hampshire. After poll workers asked for the person’s name, O’Keefe’s agents gave the name of a voter who died within the past few weeks, before then receiving a ballot to vote. The individuals asked the poll workers if they needed ID to prove their identity, and when poll workers confirmed that they did not, O’Keefe’s men insisted on returning to their car to retrieve their ID and returned the ballot.

However, in highlighting the non-problem of voter fraud in New Hampshire and elsewhere, O’Keefe’s agents appear to have committed voter fraud themselves.

Mr. O’Keefe’s defense will be that no one actually voted, therefore there was no fraud. However, the New Hampshire law (as well as the federal law) is clear about people fraudulently obtaining a ballot to vote, not actually voting. And, as Think Progress points out, there’s also a law against videotaping people without their knowledge or consent.

By the way, you have a better chance of being struck by lightning than being the victim of voter fraud.