Left Demands James O’Keefe’s Head Over Voter Fraud Exposé

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Daily Kos quoted from a TPM interview with Minnesota’s Hamline University adjunct law professor David Schultz, a purported expert on election law, to support its accusations against O’Keefe.

Was it just a coincidence that Schultz happens to be a strident opponent of a photo ID requirement for voters, opposing such a proposal in his own home state of Minnesota? He claimed in his blog that “[V]oter ID is one of the stupid public policies that I often rail about. Its apparent need is grounded in political myth.”

Yet when O’Keefe comes along and demonstrates the need for voter ID to curb election fraud, Schultz tries to make O’Keefe the target. He claimed that there was “no doubt” O’Keefe’s investigators violated a federal law that bans not only the casting of, but the “procurement” of ballots “that are known by the person to be materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent under the laws of the State in which the election is held.”

Relying just on this isolated snippet of the federal law, Adjunct Professor Schultz concluded:

In either case, if they were intentionally going in and trying to fraudulently obtain a ballot, they violated the law. So right off the bat, what they did violated the law.

The problem with the adjunct professor’s argument is that he ignored the key introductory predicate of the federal statutory prohibition, which applies to persons who

knowingly and willfully deprives, defrauds, or attempts to deprive or defraud the residents of a State of a fair and impartially conducted election process, by—

(A) the procurement or submission of voter registration applications that are known by the person to be materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent under the laws of the State in which the election is held; or

(B) the procurement, casting, or tabulation of ballots that are known by the person to be materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent under the laws of the State in which the election is held…” (emphasis added)

O’Keefe and his colleagues never intended to “deprive or defraud” the residents of New Hampshire of “a fair and impartially conducted election process.” To the contrary, they were trying to help improve the integrity of the process by demonstrating a significant flaw. Only if they actually exercised a vote with the ballots they obtained using the names of deceased voters would they have actually undermined a fair and impartially conducted election.

Voter fraud is a real issue. O’Keefe performed a public service in showing how easy it is to commit fraud without an effective voter ID requirement. As usual, the Left will do anything to obfuscate the truth.

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  • Ken

    The Left just gets more and more hypocritical everyday!!

  • oldtimer

    You have to show photo ID at your bank, where they know you, to cash a check. Makes no sense not to show ID to vote. Should always have been done. Doesn't bother me at all to show ID. However, criminals always seem to find a way to get what they want, so I don't know what the answer is execpt to make it as hard as possible for them.

  • http://imataxpayertoo.wordpress.com kathy

    What's amazing to me is how none of these people even knew the names requested. Perhaps precincts are bigger in other places. In my precinct, although I don't know many of the people requesting ballots, other judges who are natives in this area know the people. And they know who died recently…of course the election judge system is not manned by pros, but by essentially volunteers, and most are elderly.
    I thought the reason for both Dem and Republican judges at elections was to keep each other accountable.

  • Kuffar

    How dare you proove that the emperor has no clothes…

  • scotsirish

    If the tables were turned and the Conservatives were trying to "fraud" in their candidates the poop would hit the fan.
    KMA, libs.

  • sedoanman

    I live in Arizona where TWO forms of ID are required to vote; one has to be a photo ID. To my knowledge, there have been no INDIVIDUAL VOTERS coming forth and claiming they were disenfranchised.

  • guest

    Where's the evidence of a voter fraud problem in New Hampshire that requires a legislative remedy? Just asking. Hey, if I make a video showing how easy it is to buy a gun, strip the serial # and sell it to a criminal, you all will support legislation making it more difficult to buy guns! Nah, didn't think so.

    • Nick A

      My wife and I moved from NY to NA 11 2001 and when we turned in our old driver's license we were both given voter registration cards. My wife was not a citizen, we married while I was in the military in Germany, and no questions were asked about her status as a citizen. Then in the 2004 election, people from Acorn came to our door asking if my wife was registered to vote. She advised them that she could not vote as she was not a citizen. She was told it did not matter and gave her the form. When she said she would vote for Pres Bush, the women grabed the form and walked away. Happens every day

      • L8gr8usa

        And everyday in Illinois too. Get a drivers license and register, no questions asked.

    • intrcptr2

      False analogy, try again.

      And next time, go watch the linked video; that's the evidence.

    • L8gr8usa

      Your analogy is as detached from reality as you are.

    • rollinson

      sideline says:
      January 30, 2012 at 3:35 pm

      Gun can killl a few people in a time, but a flawed policy or politician would kill thousand times more and last decades.

    • http://www.rudylogos.com Rudy Tidwell

      Evidence of voter fraud?!Guest, you really need to have your eyes examindedsa, or get some very stgong reading glasses!

  • dude911

    those states and political parties who dont want to fix this problem at the same ones that take unfair advantage in thier elections…leaving the honest states and political parties ad a disadvantage because they confirm the validity of thier candidates and electors…

  • Jaladhi

    That is why the left and Muslims are buddy buddies because they both suppress the truth and spread lies!!

  • Attila The Hun

    How many time needs to be proven? The left i.e totalitarians can never win an election without fraud. plain and simple. Wake up and smell the fraud.

  • Johnny Vinyl

    James O'Keefe stories are much less sexy without Hannah Giles involved.

  • wsk

    Democrats commiting voting fraud? Are you kidding me? Next thing you'll tell us the media is biased…..

  • claspur

    No vaild ID, no votee. <period.net

  • Texasron

    Coming from Chicago, that bastion of free enterprise, elections are held so democrats can attain office. Who dares to want free elections? They must be subversives.

  • sedoanman

    In the California DMV parking lot in the city where I lived, you could buy a fake ID, so I don't see what the Democrats' problem is with getting one that is acceptable at he polls. In fact, when asked for ID at polls in red states, you could probably just look in a mirror and say, "Yup. That's me," and be accepted.

  • sulmak

    surveys from 4 years ago show overwhelming majorities of people in favor of voter ID laws. Though less now, they still show overwhelming majorities in favor of it.

    The fact that half of politicians are so against this is all the proof I need that voter fraud is a problem, and that voter ID's would help

  • ahmadnb

    LIBERAL REPORTER: So, Mr. Adolf Hitler, which party do you normally vote for?
    ADOLF HITLER: Ze Demokrat Party, of course!!
    LIBERAL REPORTER: And you, Mr. Mussolini?
    BENITO MUSSOLINI: Il Democrat Party, like my paizan here.
    LIBERAL REPORTER: And you, sir? Mr. Mao Zedong?
    CHAIRMAN MAO: Democrat, 100%!
    LIBERAL REPORTER: And you, sir? Mr. Stalin?
    JOSEPH STALIN: Democrat…and you better vote Democrat, too.
    LIBERAL REPORTER: Well, folks, there you have it. All dead people should be allowed to vote…it would be unconscionable to deny them that basic American right that we all take for granted.

  • Edisa

    Mike Huckaby's solution: Require voter registration certificates to carry a photo of each voter. Digital cameras are portable, so that voters unable to appear at the courthouse could have the equipment come to them via a deputy voter registrar. This eliminates the difficulty of adding a cost to the voter in order to be registered.

  • rollinson

    Committing voter fraud should be subject to a firing squad upon conviction and carried out by supporters of the opposition to the fraudulent one’s candidate!!

  • http://www.rudylogos.com Rudy Tidwell

    Voter fraud, such as "dead people voting" is not new by any stretch of the imagination! Democrats, even in heavily democratic sections, have resorted to this despicable practice for many years. In one small town where I lived, I saw more people whom I had never seen before in my life. They were met in the parking lot and whispering was going on and quite obviously money was exchanged. Then the "voters" went in and voted, and the voting officials knew exactly what was happening! Reallly…It happens all over!!

  • rjw918

    >>They want to prosecute O’Keefe and his colleagues for allegedly violating federal and state election laws, even though there is no evidence that the conservative activists actually tried to cast the ballots

    The crime they apparently committed was just obtaining the ballots under false pretenses.

    Our founders taught us that “That to secure these [inalienable] rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”

    Trying to block whole groups of people from voting undercuts the legitimacy of our government.

    BTW, the past few weeks have had other reports of voter fraud – by Republicans:
    “Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White (R) was convicted on six felony counts of voter fraud, theft, and perjury and removed from his office. …. White accused Gov. Mitch Daniels of similar crimes, claiming his fellow Indiana Republican voted incorrectly in “the last ten straight elections.”

    Yeah, there is real voter fraud out there. Too bad it seems to be primarily a GOP thing.

  • Cheryl

    He is word slinger of more than 50 announce statement. This turn of phrase has been put in action by a number of reporter.

  • sedoanman

    "If the Leftists are trying to accuse O’Keefe over voter fraud issue, they should try even harder to pass the voter fraud law to prove they really care about preventing the voter fraud from happening!"

    The trick is, of course, to write such a law so that it prevents only their opposition from voting.