James O'Keefe attacks Minnesota voter ID laws [VIDEO]

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James O'Keefe tries to register Tim Tebow and Tom Brady.
Right-wing prankster James O'Keefe, known best for hidden-camera takedown of ACORN, is taking on Minnesota's voter ID laws.

O'Keefe and Project Veritas released a video earlier this week in which they try to register Tim Tebow and Tom Brady with some not-so-football-savvy Minnesota officials. At one point, one Scott County employee (who we imagine is having an unpleasant week at work) admits that election officials often complain that they can only catch voter fraud "after the fact."

"It's like, change the law! Change the law!" she says.

In January, Project Veritas pulled a similar stunt in New Hampshire, in which they actually procured ballots under false pretenses. Talking Points Memo interviewed some legal experts, including Hamline University's David Schultz, who suggest this could be illegal.

Here's the full video:




Previous Coverage:

  • James O'Keefe's dildo prank on CNN's Abbie Boudreau falls limp
  • Joe Basel: From U of M-Morris to Louisiana Watergate
  • James O'Keefe punks National Public Radio


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    Harrumph!
    Harrumph!

    The Indiana Secretary of State just plead guilty to voter fraud. He is a Republican. He has a photo ID. 

    39
    39

    It's strange that some people believe anything this guy does, or his little buddy Andrew Breitbart.  But I guess that old saying still holds true today, there's a sucker born every minute.

    Sam I am.
    Sam I am.

    I agree.

    I also think that it is unfair that people have to show I.D. when they cash a check, withdraw money out of their bank, buy a car, buy a house, buy a gun, get on an airplane, buy a pack of cigarettes, buy liquor, get pulled over by the police, etc.

    It is just WRONG WRONG WRONG!!

    It is an infringement on my rights!!!!!!!!

    EG
    EG

    What are they trying to prove?  That it is easy to get a voter registration form?  Do they think that the Minnesota government just accepts whatever registration is given to them?  Whatever is filled out is cross-check and approved or denied.  Of course I can take a stack of registration forms to a nursing home.  That's the beauty of the system.  Should they not be allowed to vote because they aren't mobile and haven't driven in years?  

    And the whole deal with the absentee voting is a non-issue.  If a citizen wants to exercise their right through absentee voting, who cares?  What the video is trying to suggest is that anyone can grab a stack of registration forms, fill out the absentee voting form, then vote for a hundred people for the rest of their lives.  That is incorrect.  They are missing that crucial fact that the registration has to be approved.  And if they get caught, they are never voting again.  It is a good and simple system for exercising our basic right.  Why put more big government bureaucracy in the way?  That's the opposite of conservatism.  

    Guest
    Guest

    Yeah, let's arrest the one person showing how illegal immigrants DO vote and can change the outcome of elections for a particular canidate but no the illegals OR their supporters?

    Harrumph!
    Harrumph!

    Republicans have been trying to find rampant voter fraud for years, but to no avail. They're simply trying to disenfranchise voters who typically lean to the left. Meanwhile, in Indiana...

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-50...

    Harrumph!
    Harrumph!

    Republicans have been trying to find rampant voter fraud for years, but to no avail. These kind of stunts make good theater for Fox News but never truly affect elections.Their true aim is to disenfranchise voters who typically lean towards the Democrats. Meanwhile, in Indiana:

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-50...

     

    Allen
    Allen

    What is wrong is someone lying about where this video was created.  It wasn't the Scott County Government center.  None of the employees shown work there and the video wasn't shot there.  So how can you believe anything O'Keefe says?  The screen shot of the Scott County Governement Center is right out of Google Images, note the green grass and leaves on the bushes.  Defnintely not Minnesota in February!

    O'Keefe makes an argument that something should be done to prevent voter fraud.  But how do you prevent a crime from happening?  Pre-emptive strikes?  How did that work our in Iraq?  There was no threat from Iraq, and there is no voter fraud in Minnesota, at least not with people pretending to be someone else just to vote.  A wise old Vietnam Veteran who works at the Scott County Government Center.

    Michelle Bachmann
    Michelle Bachmann

    You should have added a racial slur or perhaps a Hitler quote so people will take you more seriously. 

    EG
    EG

    None of the things you listed above (besides owning a gun) is a right.  

    green23
    green23

     You hit the nail on the head. Submitting a form is not registering to vote.

    I can fill out an application to get an ID that says I'm Tim Tebow. That doesn't mean I'm going to get an ID.

    Clam Chowder
    Clam Chowder

    You sound like a nice, liberal fella.  I'm sure when the Democrats lose a seat by one vote and it's discovered that this dude did vote for fake Tom Brady and Tim Tebow you'll be fine with it as long as they never vote again, right?

    EG
    EG

    How again did this video show that an illegal immigrant can vote?  I didn't see any of these voter applications being accepted.  Please describe your argument further so we can find a solution.  If no problem exists, then let's not waste government money on it.

    Jason Carle
    Jason Carle

     this assclown IS the peon committing the voter fraud all you reich wingnuts are always complaining about.

    EG
    EG

    There was nothing wrong with what he did.  He can take forms to help homeless or disabled people register.  What he is implying is that he can register fake people to vote then vote absentee for them indefinitely.  That is wrong.  Show me the video where he was able to register these phony names, then we'll have a scandal.  

    Joshua
    Joshua

    But the right to vote already has limitations on age & felon status & residency. Why is having to prove your identity such an onerous restriction. Existing in this country is a (non-documented) right for citizens, but you usually have to identify yourself in order to get back in if you leave. 

    EG
    EG

    How is it conservative to put the government bureaucracy in the way of your voting right?  That's a lot of power your centralizing.  There could be "glitches" in the system that doesn't allow large blocs of people to vote right before an election.  It sets up a system rife for abuse.  Also, having a drivers licence doesn't make you a citizen nor does it make you an eligible voter, so I don't know why you think that makes the system better.

    green23
    green23

     The answer to your question is the part of the proposed law that no one talks about: the address.

    You must not only have a State-issued (no passports) ID, but it must have your *current address* that matches the precinct you wish to vote in. A lot of people don't keep their address updated on their driver's license, because it's not easy to wait around at the DMV for something that has no impact on your right to drive.

    Also, in researching genealogy, I am amazed at how many court houses (or the annexes where records are stored) get burned down, flooded, suffer severe water damage from broken pipes, or have insect infestations where paper records are rendered illegible. Most of these cases are in rural areas. Those people no longer have birth records, unless they are young enough that the data was digitized.

    Particularly for elderly women, who never drove and whose husbands handled business affairs, there was never a need to have an ID.

    It's not nearly as simple as you make it out to be.

    Harrumph!
    Harrumph!

     Because it won't do anything to stop supposed voter fraud. Republicans have been trying to prove rampant voter fraud for years, but to no avail. It's a red herring. They are trying to disenfranchise a group of voters that typically lean left. It's quite easy to see.

    theoko
    theoko

    It's quite conservative to erect barriers for minorities and the elderly- and other groups known to be least likely to have an id- to vote.  By a near-impossible coincidence, these groups just happen to be more likely to vote Democratic.  All of this on top of the fact that there is no empirical, solid evidence of significant voter fraud, AND that these laws, if implemented, will cost quite a lot of money.

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