Petitions Delivered to AG Target O'Keefe, Voter Fraud

Pressure is on for NH AG to investigate 'Project Veritas' leader and undercover video shoot.

A coalition of organizations is urging the state Attorney General to investigate right-wing activist James O'Keefe, saying his undercover footage shot during the January Primary at various polling sites violates state and federal election law.

People For the American Way, Daily Kos and Granite State Progress on Thursday delivered 109,931 petitions to New Hampshire Attorney General Michael Delaney urging him to investigate O'Keefe on voter fraud charges.

O'Keefe, who heads Project Veritas, sent undercover operatives to polls in Nashua, and other towns who secretly filmed themselves requesting ballots under the names of recently deceased voters.

The video is posted on the group's website under the heading "Primary of the Living Dead" [and also posted here.]

While O’Keefe's point was to convince Americans that voter fraud is a problem, these groups believe he may have committed fraud himself, and their allegations are backed up by several state election officials, including Nashua City Clerk Paul Bergeron, who said when the filmmakers crossed state lines to request ballots belonging to someone else, and record the undercover video, they broke the law.

"It's against the law to steal, so if you go out and steal and then put up a video and say, 'Look, I stole something,' that's a crime. What these people did was a crime; they stole a person's identity and used it to try to obtain a ballot that would be used in a state election," Bergeron told Nashua Patch in January.

O’Keefe is not deterred, and recently told the Concord Monitor he plans to conduct similar operations in other states.

The petitions urge Delaney and U.S. Attorney John Kacavas to thoroughly investigate O’Keefe and enforce the state and federal laws that prevent and punish voter fraud while allowing eligible Americans to cast their ballots.

“Right-wing activists like James O’Keefe desperately want to convince American voters that widespread voter fraud threatens our elections, just so that they can pass restrictive laws that keep eligible Americans from casting ballots,” said Diallo Brooks, Field Director at People For the American Way.

“James O’Keefe’s New Hampshire stunt disproved the very point he was trying to make. There are already rigorous state and federal laws in place that prevent and punish fraud at the polls – fraud like that allegedly committed by O’Keefe and his supporters. Attorney General Delaney and U.S. Attorney Kacavas should show the people of New Hampshire that they are serious about combatting voter fraud, and investigate O’Keefe and enforce the voter protection laws that are on the books,” Brooks said.

Justsayin... February 03, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Um actually according to an attorney...these folks broke no law whatsoever...they never actually casted one vote - just looked like they were going to...that does NOT a criminal make. So even though the leftists 3 groups brought the AG those many many signatures, it will all be for naught - b/c O'Keefe was just exposing corruption and not breaking any law. Sorry to dash your hopes though Jan. And Jan, you really should view the work of James O'Keefe and Project Veritas - excellent work!!! everything they uncover or expose are the actual people's own admissions or statements - so you saying he is attacking honesty - well I would say that you are not being honest yourself.
Rylie February 03, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Me thinks thou dost protest too much
Patrick February 03, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Patrick Ok So someone could find a dead persons name and ID themselves as that person and maybe cast a vot. I guess its possible but Widespread? I doubt it, No System is fool proof and mistakes are made by everybody. There are not enopugh of theses Voting dead people to make a difference SO, one needs to ask what is the real motivation for Mr Okeefe's abuse of other's privacy? Let's try to find the fraud in hundreds or thousands of cases where it makes a difference. I am opposed to further restrictions.
Jack Lockwood February 03, 2012 at 05:38 PM
So using the same reasoning as the Repubs on this site, a logical defense for armed robbery of a bank would be "I was just trying to prove it could happen". Too funny!!
Gilbert R Albright Jr February 03, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Where do I go to sign the petition? This guy is a hypocritical jerk that thinks he's above the law. Goes around breaking the law to prove wrong doing by others.
Don February 03, 2012 at 05:49 PM
What's been injected into your water up there, New Hampshire? That your Attorney General hasn't put up an arrest warrant on a videotaped Federal and State crime is amazing! Hmmmmmmm he's Republican, isn't he?
Don February 03, 2012 at 05:50 PM
There isn't a single instance of voter fraud in the USA in years. This is just an obvious attempt to exclude groups of people from the right to vote. O"Keefe and his buddies are involved in criminal activity and need to be arrested, tried and sentenced. After all, it's on video, isn't it?
Rick P February 03, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Justsayin....: It is against the law to request someone else's ballot. How would you feel if I went in and requested your ballot and then walked out without voting? What do you think they'll do when you come in for your ballot? The best way to deter this behavior is to severely prosecute anyone who does this.
LJoel Hackbart February 03, 2012 at 06:39 PM
You are making my point, thankyou very much. If Obama is so closely tied to to those special interests imagine how Mitt "corporations are people" Romney will be! Obama wont get Wall Street money like that this time. He supported Dodd Frank and consumer protections at least. Perhaps you should take a look at your own delusions-Dude!
LJoel Hackbart February 03, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Oh no!!!! Not another George Soros conspiracy! Yes- He is forking out millions to force the working poor and Id- less senior citizens to go out and commit voter fraud!!!!!! Give me a break kid!!!
Mary Beth February 03, 2012 at 07:14 PM
You're an idiot. Just sayin'
Tim Batty February 03, 2012 at 07:28 PM
They did violate NH wire tapping laws by video taping others without consent. O'keefe planned and arranged it which adds conspiricy too the mix.
sunny February 03, 2012 at 08:19 PM
I hope NH makes an example of him! He is a jerk with an agenda.
sunny February 03, 2012 at 08:22 PM
O'Keefe, is that you? Justsayin.. seems to really really be trying to sway public opinion in your favor. Unfortunately for you/him we are smarter than that. Nice try!
JWB February 03, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Why not the simple solution of taking dead people off the voters roll instead of breaking the law to try to take away other's right to vote via ids. Locking these crooks up would do more than voter ID laws to prevent voter fraud. The risk of going to jail is a deterent to voter fraud. Make OKeefe an example to would be crooks. If you let him get away with fraud, it encourages fraud.
saminnh February 03, 2012 at 10:02 PM
The deceased whose ids were stolen by O'Keefe and Co., had died recently, and one name they stole was very much alive.
BRT929 February 04, 2012 at 04:19 AM
Mary Beth: I think you said it best!
BRT929 February 04, 2012 at 04:22 AM
Patricia: Isn't O'Keefe Andrew Breitbart's protege?
Charles Hatch February 04, 2012 at 12:11 PM
Republican desperation & extremist, ranting by Right wing nuts case's..
Jan Schmidt February 04, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Chris - it isn't going on - that's why these criminals had to film other criminals being paid to request ballots of dead people. It is illegal to tape another's voice without their knowledge. It is illegal to request a ballot under false pretenses. They were caught. They should be punished, just like we punish bank robbers - they are a detriment for society.
Seamus Carty February 04, 2012 at 04:05 PM
We owe a huge "thank you" to O'Keefe for showing the flaw in the NH voting system. It is not just dead people. Pick a name such as "Carol Robidoux" of 14 Fox Meadow Lane in Merrimack (www.switchboard.com). Be there at the polls when they open and walk in and ask if they have a Carol Robidoux on the ballot. The poll worker will thank you for voting and hand you the ballot. Go in and vote for the Republican. If the real Carol does not vote that day, the fraud goes undetected. if she does show up, the poll worker may accuse her of trying to vote twice and deny her from voting. Or, they could say there must have been some mistake, and let the real Carol vote. Either way, the fraudulent vote can never be recovered.
Gilbert R Albright Jr February 04, 2012 at 04:18 PM
In my area, a new Registered Voter Log Book is prepared for each election with a copy of the signature on your original voter registration card next to your name in the Log Book When you show up took vote, the Log Book is presented to you, with the copy of your oringinal signature in the book covered up. After you sign underneath it, the new signature is compared to the original one in the Log Book.
Gilbert R Albright Jr February 04, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Yes the system is flawed, but that DOES NOT justify breaking the Law to prove it. The Police are not allowed to break the law to get evidence of fraud or wrong doing and neither is Jame O'Keefe.
Gus Wynn February 05, 2012 at 05:24 AM
Justsayin, I believe your attorney friend has not read up on this case, I read that impersonating someone at a polling place is the crime in question, not casting votes. By the way, ACORN never cast votes either, they simply filled out registration cards. Does your lawyer pal feel that ACORN did nothing wrong? I bet s/he has two different standards for the two different parties. Perhaps your lawyer friend can help O'Keefe defend himself from the Republican blogger who said she was drugged in his company and had her panties stolen after he tried to tell her to flop out in his NJ barn.
jrmetalman February 11, 2012 at 04:52 PM
The democrats can't allow any restrictions on their base. The need all the people they can get to hold power. The physically dead, morally dead, and financially dead who need all the handouts they can get in return.
PVLies February 12, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Isnt it ironic that lunatics like OKeefe and Breitbart claim to oppose what they call "big government", when their whole method has always been to falsely malign private citizens by covertly recording them, and falsifying their encounters in a dishonest and slanderous public forum? And all of this in lock step with the agenda of the very dishonest, power-hungry and irresponsible Moloch that the GOP has become? Thats pretty freakin' Orwellian there... as is encouraging a movement of citizens to spy on their neighbors, send the data to Project Veritas, or BigGovernment.com, and have them mush it up into some horsepuckey narrative whose sole purpose is to realize (in the most dishonest terms) the GOP agenda. Its nothing short of archetypically Big-Brother... to the letter. But now, OKeefe and his band of mendacious hypocritical fanatics want to restrict the voting polls... again, in lockstep with the party he serves. How is that NOT "big government?" BTW, does anyone on the Right question the NON DISCLOSURE agreements that litter OKeefe's history? ANyone care to answer why he had his political sugar daddies pay off such a HUGE settlement to Izzy Santa, complete with a binding NON DISCLOSURE agreement? What ever happened to transparency and "veritas"? What's he hiding?
PVLies February 12, 2012 at 06:42 PM
Covertly recording Private Citizens (eg, special ed teacher Alisha Ploshnik, Juan CArlos Vera, KAtherine Conway Russle, etc...) for an underhanded political agenda is bad enough. But falsifying that data to not only malign and endanger those citizens with the most horrendous charges, but to do so in the spirit of actualizing the agenda of an active political party is definitively Big Brother... why do conservatives, who pretend to hate "big government", support O'keefe so blindly, and in complete violation of what they pretend to stand for?
Eric March 14, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Seriously Carol... "right-wing" ??? Careful now, your bigotry is showing. Out of curiousity, I googled how often "right-wing" shows up w/ your name over "left-wing". Of which your RW bigotry is attached 10-fold over LW. Oh, and I usually stop reading any article after demagoguery.
Carol Robidoux (Editor) March 14, 2012 at 04:18 PM
Eric: Your point is well taken and for future reference, I will be more mindful of the word choice. Quite honestly, it was just meant to underscore the point that among conservatives, James O'Keefe falls into the activist category; there was no value judgement intended. As for demagoguery, where'd you see that in the story? And finally, if you are a regular reader of Nashua Patch, in general you should be aware that we work hard at balance, and giving voice to all sides of every debate. To imply otherwise is disingenuous on your part. However, your feedback is essential to keeping us honest and on our toes, so keep it coming, and please keep reading.
Hilltopper March 14, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Didn't the Nashua Police charge a homeowner for video taping a conversation between the homeowner and a Nashua Police Detective in the homowner's driveway or sidewalk a few years back?? Didn't the AG or Court drop the charges against the homeowner likening the chrage to jaywalking or ripping the tag off the mattress? Methinks if there was a substantial charge that would hold up in Court against O'Keefe it would of been brought forth by now by the AG. I also think I heard, but can't provide any more info with researching it, O'Keefe just got ballots from dead Vermont voters in a similar expose`??


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