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James O’Keefe Stalks Van of Voters, Alleges Fraud, Is Himself Possibly Breaking Law

Good job. Good effort.

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Conservative video provocateur James O’Keefe has a lengthy history of fanning flames of voter fraud accusations without any real evidence. On Tuesday, he took it to another, creepier level, stalking potential voters and bragging about it.


In a video he released on Twitter, O’Keefe observed:

So we’re behind this bus, which is like a pastor bus busing people around to polls in Philadelphia and we’re going to be releasing video today showing some people doing some improper things—busing people around, maybe they shouldn’t be doing it? Stay tuned … [We’re] all over the country undercover on election day and we’re going to be busting the whole thing open.

As University of California–Irvine School of Law professor and electoral expert Richard Hasen has noted on Slate’s live blog, taking people to the polls is not illegal but intimidating them is.

From Hasen:

The shady James O’Keefe of Project Veritas just released a video showing him following a “pastor’s bus” in Philadelphia supposedly taking people to the polls. It is legal to give people free transportation to vote. It is illegal to hassle people for voting. Once again, O’Keefe’s efforts to find election crimes may be creating them.

Nice work, James!

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