People For the American Way, Daily Kos and Granite State Progress today delivered 109,931 petitions to New Hampshire Attorney General Michael Delaney urging him to investigate the alleged voter fraud committed by right-wing activist James O’Keefe.
According to news reports, James O'Keefe sent undercover operatives to commit fraud in January’s New Hampshire primary. They went to polling stations, falsely presented themselves, and requested ballots under the names of recently deceased voters — an apparent violation of state and federal law. While O’Keefe was setting out to convince Americans that voter fraud, an extremely rare phenomenon, is a pressing threat to our democracy, he allegedly committed fraud himself.
O’Keefe now says he plans to conduct similar operations in other states, telling the Concord Monitor , “You’ll see us do this again.”
The petitions urge Attorney General Delaney and U.S. Attorney John Kacavas to thoroughly investigate O’Keefe and enforce the state and federal laws that prevent and punish voter fraud while allowing eligible Americans to cast their ballots.
“Right-wing activists like James O’Keefe desperately want to convince American voters that widespread voter fraud threatens our elections, just so that they can pass restrictive laws that keep eligible Americans from casting ballots” said Diallo Brooks, Field Director at People For the American Way. “James O’Keefe’s New Hampshire stunt disproved the very point he was trying to make. There are already rigorous state and federal laws in place that prevent and punish fraud at the polls – fraud like that allegedly committed by O’Keefe and his supporters. Attorney General Delaney and U.S. Attorney Kacavas should show the people of New Hampshire that they are serious about combatting voter fraud, and investigate O’Keefe and enforce the voter protection laws that are on the books.”