Project Veritas Voter Fraud Sting Backfires

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May 24, 2012; Source: Charlotte Observer

James O’Keefe’s nonprofit Project Veritas is known for its videotaped “sting” operations that have triggered scandals at the likes of ACORN, Planned Parenthood and NPR. The nonprofit’s latest video “sting” was to try to document the ease with which it thought one might be able to commit voter fraud in North Carolina.

The plan for the sting was pretty simple: A representative of Project Veritas would illegally present him or herself as someone who they believed was either dead or a non-U.S. citizen, and thus not eligible to vote. The idea was that casting ballots of behalf of the dead or non-citizens would prove how easy voter fraud is to accomplish.

But the sting backfired. The Charlotte Observer reports that, in all three of the examples Project Veritas held up, there would have been no voter fraud at all had the person Project Veritas was impersonating actually cast the ballot. One of the names Project Veritas held up to demonstrate voter fraud was Michael G. Bolton, who died of cancer just last month. However, Bolton’s son is named Michael G. Bolton, Jr. and is very much alive. The Veritas video shows a poll worker asking a Veritas impersonator if he is Michael G. Bolton, Jr., and the imposter says “yes.” In two other cases, Project Veritas thought it had illegally cast ballots on behalf of non-U.S. citizens, but it turns out, the Observer notes, that in each case, the person involved had in fact attained citizenship and is eligible to vote.

Gary Bartlett, executive director of the North Carolina State Board of Elections, commented on the botched sting, saying “Election laws are based on honesty and self-policing, and when someone falsely brings [the] validity of the process into question, that hurts the public’s confidence in the process.”

O’Keefe and company’s North Carolina video sting should not hurt public confidence in elections, but perhaps should hurt public confidence in Project Veritas, which now has video documentation that signifies nothing more than what Bartlett says may constitute a felony on the part of the Project Veritas operatives.–Mike Keefe-Feldman

  • Julie

    I may not agree with the tactics, but I definitely wouldn’t call this a failure -he was able to vote as someone he is not! That is a very, very, scary reality for all of us. Clearly, something needs to change.

  • Call Me Mom

    “Gary Bartlett, executive director of the North Carolina State Board of Elections, commented on the botched sting, saying “Election laws are based on honesty and self-policing, and when someone falsely brings [the] validity of the process into question, that hurts the public’s confidence in the process.””

    So how does that honesty and self policing work in a nation where the culture has been rejecting Christian values for at least 50 years? Because I’m not seeing a logical basis for honesty and self policing without an outside set of standards like those provided by a religion that values such things – like Christianity.

    “The government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion.” John Adams

  • Call Me Mom

    Sorry, that was the wrong quote. I was intending to use this one: “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people”. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

    – John Adams

    But got distracted by that one because it seemed out of character coming from Mr. Adams.

    Just for the sake of accuracy, the quote in the first post was technically part of the treaty of Tripoli and was intended to show that the US had no established state religion as far as dealing with other nations was concerned. It was not a statement intended to be used to deny the role of the Christian religion in setting the founding principles of the nation in a historical sense.
    Christianity itself, true Christianity holds that the choice to be a Christian must be an individual one – left up to the conscience of the individual, so the prohibition against the establishment of a state religion by Congress is actually a Christian principle in itself. Some of the original state constitutions have a requirement that those holding public office must be Christians. Isn’t history fun?