Democracy Has Prevailed.

March 14, 2012

James O'Keefe's Voter Fraud Fraud

WND (aka Crazie Central) is on the story:
James O’Keefe and Project Veritas are demonstrating once again how easy it is to perpetrate voter fraud in states that do not require voters to show photo identification.

Last week, O’Keefe and his team went to Vermont and had no trouble getting ballots for both living and dead voters.
Really, last week?

That's just one questionable claim by WND and O'Keefe.

Take a look at the video (and a hale and hearty hat tip to Crooks and Liars for this info):

Notice anything?  The timestamps on the video don't say early March, 2012 (which would be "last week" as of this writing).  Crooks and Liars has the details:
One of the more interesting anomalies on the video are the dates. The first subject, "Mohamud" is dated March 9, 2009. The "John Adams" video is dated February 27, 2012, as is "Adam Berger." "Travis Houle" is dated March 8, 2009. "Evan Bean" is March 8, 2009. The date of the Vermont primary was March 7, 2012. None of these videos have that date. The 2009-2010 Vermont elections calendar does not have any elections scheduled for March 8-9, 2009, nor was anything scheduled for February 27, 2012. There was a very close mayoral election in Burlington, VT on March 3, 2009, which went to an instant runoff where a progressive was elected over the Republican candidate, knocking the Democrat out of the race altogether. But why would video referring to a city race be dated March 9th when the election was March 3rd? The ballots cast on March 3rd were used in the instant runoff voting, so there wasn't a new vote on the 8th or 9th.
So does this video have any credibility?

C and L continues:
Vermont does, however, permit voter registration until five days before the election. In the case of "John Adams" and "Adam Berger", it's possible they were requesting voter registration forms, which they would not need ID to request, but would need ID to submit.

In Vermont, a valid photo ID is required when one registers to vote. Applicants are also required to take the "Voter's Oath", which must be certified by an appropriate official before the registration is valid. Once those requirements are met, the voter's name is entered on the rolls.

All of this begs the question: Where were these videos filmed and for what elections?

Imagine MediaMatters posting such shoddy work.  Imagine the outcry from the rightwing media if it did.

Remember that point today, when you hear anyone on the right try to tout O'Keefe's fraud.

No comments: