Potential voter fraud shown in video draws NH AG probe
By Evan Lips | February 11, 2016, 21:22 EST
CONCORD, N.H. – Video that suggests voter fraud during New Hampshire’s crucial primary caught the attention of the state Attorney General’s office, according to WMUR-TV, which said that conduct in the clip from Project Veritas, a group that uses impersonation and hidden cameras, is being probed.
The ABC network affiliate in Manchester reported Thursday afternoon that Stephen LaBonte, an assistant attorney general, said an investigation is being launched to look into what is shown in the clip.
LaBonte said the video “does portray some conduct that we are going to have to look at.”
“We’ve made a determination that we need to follow up and determine if there are violations,” LaBonte told the station.
The clip shows poll workers and campaign staffers advising people connected with Project Veritas and posing as out-of-state residents that they can still register to vote for Tuesday’s primary and don’t have to remain in New Hampshire. Granite State law permits residents to register and vote on the same day as an election takes place.
Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe gave the video to the Dailycaller.com website Wednesday morning, a day after Bernie Sanders, the Vermont senator, and Donald Trump, the billionaire New Yorker, coasted to easy victories in the Democratic and Republican presdiential primaries, respectively.
O’Keefe later posted the clip to his organization’s Facebook account. The video shows several poll workers telling undercover journalists how to exploit New Hampshire’s lax residency voting requirements in order to vote that day.
“You’re here indefinitely and your address is at your friend’s house and then you would be able to vote,” a poll worker is shown saying, after being told: “I’m not living here as of right now, I am just looking to vote here.”
In another interaction, a poll worker in Portsmouth is shown describing how to vote in New Hampshire with a Massachusetts driver’s license. The poll worker says a person only needs to stay within the state “probably 48 hours” in order to vote.
“If you’re here today, you vote, you can be gone,” the poll worker adds.
New Hampshire state law holds that an “inhabitant’s domicile for voting purposes is that one place where a person, more than any other place, has established a physical presence and manifests an intent to maintain a single continuous presence for domestic, social, and civil purposes relevant to participating in democratic self-government.”
The law also says that those who “make a false material statement regarding his or her qualifications as a voter to an election officer” can be subject to a $5,000 fine. The statute does not require prospective voters to show identification.
The video also shows a poll worker saying a person can cast a ballot even before her voter registration is processed.
“I don’t have an I.D., but I fill this out and then I can vote here today?” the poll worker in Newmarket is asked.
“Yup,” the worker responds.
Project Veritas claims its video shows how “someone can vote with a made-up name and address” and “by the time the state finds the fraud” the vote would’ve already been counted.
Another segment shows a member of Sanders’s campaign staff offering to let a would-be voter use his address to register.
Soon after WMUR reported the pending investigation of the video, Jennifer Horne, the leader of the New Hampshire Republican Party, sent out a fundraising email, which O’Keefe posted on Twitter.com:
— James O’Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) Feb. 11, 2016
It’s not the first time O’Keefe has produced a hidden-camera video of voting irregularities in the Granite State. In 2012, his group released videos showing impersonators using the names of dead people at polling places and being permitted to vote.
New Hampshire lawmakers reacted by passing a measure that requires voters to provide a photo at polling locations or sign an affidavit swearing their legitimacy.