Wednesday, October 10, 2012

New video shows widespread OFA encouragement for voter fraud

"One person, one vote." That's how it's supposed to work, anyway. 

But in a new video by James O'Keefe's Project Veritas, Obama for America staffers openly encourage undercover reporters to engage in voter fraud - specifically, offering assistance as they seek to vote in more than one state:

Adding to the outrage of presidential campaign staffers openly encouraging voter fraud, the video shows them laughing and joking about how "funny" and "cool" this will be.

"[N]o matter how many times we’ve proven the danger,” said O'Keefe,  “our concerns have been dismissed by the media while efforts to correct the problem at the state level have been actively blocked by the Obama administration. Now we know why."
This latest footage...shows Obama campaign workers, including Organizing for America Regional Field Director Stephanie Caballero, providing material assistance to individuals who state explicitly that they intend to commit election fraud.
There is no doubt that these workers know exactly what they are doing.
In response to the investigator’s request for help voting twice, Caballero says, “Oh my god this is so funny. It’s cool though!” Then, when discussing the possibility of getting caught, Caballero says, “If anyone checks, say ‘I don’t know.’”
Contrary to what Organizing for America seems to have taught Ms. Caballero, election fraud is not “cool.” It is a serious crime that jeopardizes the integrity of the political process and disenfranchises legitimate voters. In the coming weeks, Project Veritas will demonstrate that this attitude of callous disregard for the law runs rampant throughout the campaign to re-elect President Obama.
For any journalist who would like to dismiss this report from Project Veritas as a fluke or isolated incident, James O’Keefe has a simple message: “Put your reputation on the line.”

I called Michael Ertel, Supervisor of Elections for Seminole County, Florida, earlier to discuss this investigation with him (For the record, Ertel had not yet seen the video and was just commenting in general on anyone who made the effort to vote in more than one state).

Ertel was unequivocal in his condemnation of this kind of voter fraud:
The cornerstone of our elections is "one person, one vote." Anyone who is doing anything to circumvent the process, to vote twice or assisting others in voting twice, undermines the confidence in our electoral system.
This goes beyond campaign strategy, beyond "tactics." Anyone doing this should be prosecuted.
I agree with Ertel, but fear that under Eric Holder's Department of Justice, we shouldn't hold our breath waiting for action (see here, here, and here, for starters). 

Hopefully, some of the Supervisors of Elections and Secretaries of State around the country can work to address this threat to the integrity of our elections on the local and state level.

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