James O’Keefe – Voter Disenfranchisement’s Best Friend

-Submitted by David Drumm (Nal), Guest Blogger

Is there massive voter fraud or is this claim simply a cover for voter disenfranchisement? Those who claim that the voter fraud meme is itself a fraud, have been given a prime piece of evidence in the form of the latest James O’Keefe video. O’Keefe’s video intended to show two examples of non-citizens, and one example of a dead person, who are registered as voters in North Carolina. The video was immediately praised by Michelle Malkin, Breitbart.com, and The Daily Caller.

Upon further examination the non-citizens were actually citizens and the dead person was very much alive.

One example of a non-citizen voting that O’Keefe cites is that of Zbigniew Gorzkowski. ThinkProgress did a Nexis search and found a news article stating that Gorzkowski was a naturalized citizen. ThinkProgress called and spoke with Gorzkowski who verified that he had been an American citizen since the late 1980s.

O’Keefe’s video purports to show William Romero as another example of a non-citizen voting. Romero’s refusal of jury duty in 2010 for not being a citizen was O’Keefe’s proof that Romero wasn’t a citizen when Romero registered to vote in December of 2011. The problem: Romero was issued a Certificate of Naturalization on February 4, 2011, as shown below (click to enlarge).

The O’Keefe video purports to show ballots being handed out to the dead. An O’Keefe operative approaches a poll worker and says his name is “Michael G. Bolton.” Then there a break in the video (at 4:43) and the poll worker tells the operative to sign or make a mark in the pollbook to affirm his identity.

However, during that video edit, in the raw video the pollworker says “You must be a junior? … Michael G. Bolton, Jr.?” to which O’Keefe’s operative responds: “That would be correct.” Another Nexis search reveals that Michael G. Bolton, Jr., the son of the deceased Michael G. Bolton, is registered to vote at the address given to the pollworker. The widowed mother of Michael G. Bolton, Jr. claims her son is very much alive.

James O’Keefe is a best friend for those who want to expose the voter fraud movement as a voter disenfranchisement movement.

H/T: MediaMatters, ThinkProgress (& here, & here), TPMMuckraker.

25 thoughts on “James O’Keefe – Voter Disenfranchisement’s Best Friend”

  1. Sharon, the problem is that in most of the places that passed such laws about ID (Wisconsin being the biggest one), they went ahead and shut down their DMV/MVA/etc locations in the poorest of neighborhoods immediately after it went through.

    Is that just a coincidence? Yeah, right…

  2. remember when republicans and libertarians would go into a tizzy at the thought of a national I.D.?

    but i guess that was only for healthcare

  3. We know where these laws came from, their political purpose, and the effects so far. All documented.

    Fraud by individuals or organizing of un-franchised persons is EXTREMELY UNLIKELY having any deciding effect. IMHO this is so, compared to the number DIS-enfranchised by these laws.

    Add to that the previously mentioned steered fraud of vote count and eventual SCOTUS misdeeds (one time only, make me laugh!). Well, we know what the potentially massive outcome could be, if it is not stopped.

    Besides it’s the next step to universal IDing American citizens. An habituation move.
    “Show me your papers.” “Yes, commissar.”

  4. A good example of ends justifying the means. The truth will never get as much traction as the lie, esp. in the paranoid little world that cares most about this and among the low information voters who are most easily swayed by the lie.

  5. Woosty=^..^ , It doesn’t look good for the Wisconsin election or 2012. Unless a turnout is massive and the win is by a w..i..d..e margin I don’t trust the result of a race anymore- LOL, even if the race goes the way I want it to!

    “Paper Ballot Op-Scan Systems in FL, WI, NY, OH Confirmed to Overheat, Mistally 70% of Votes

    Similar systems used by millions of voters in majority of states also found to have failed as 2012 Presidential election looms…”


  6. “fact: Voter fraud does happen. It happens everywhere and has happened from the 1st vote.”


    Your “fact” requires proof of widespread voter fraud and you don’t have it.

    “Requiring ID is not considered a hardship for anyone for any activity other than voting.”

    Not only do I.D.’s cost money, but the whole idea of requiring them is a return to the days of the poll tax and the literacy requirements. My guess is that you have heard of neither and so being ignorant of past history, perhaps you should not be so confident in the mis-truths you spread unknowingly.

  7. Rafflaw, There may not be much (statistically ‘any’) actual voter fraud out there but (as you know) there’s election and registration fraud in abundance:

    “GOP in CA Hired ‘Professional Con Artist’ Who Turned in Thousands of Fraudulent Voter Registrations in $50,000 ‘Bounty’ Scheme

    Owner of Momentum Political Services has ‘extensive criminal history, including prison sentence’
    Rep. Lungren’s campaign claims innocence despite state’s long history of GOP voter registration fraud…”

    “We detailed the allegations against Momentum Political Services as they emerged earlier this month, and as Sacramento Registrar Jill Lavine turned over some 7,500 registration forms her office determined to be fraudulent over to the Sec. of State’s Election Fraud Unit for investigation.

    As we noted at the time, the GOP voter registration were turned in to the Sacramento Registrar’s office “with fake addresses, voter names that don’t exist, duplicate Social Security numbers, and party affiliations that seem to have been changed ‘by someone’ to Republican.””


  8. James O’Keefe is a lying S.O.B. who continually defrauds the viewing public with his fake videos. Sharon if voting fraud is such a big problem, I am sure that you can provide us with evidence of ten people who were convicted due to voter fraud, right?
    Great article David.

  9. I am more concerned w/the ability to control the votes via manipulating the machines…..evolution, despite what the creationists say, has occurred….and may allow the ‘creation’ of politicians despite the votes….

  10. Legislation to combat voter fraud is a “solution” looking for a problem. Oh wait, Republicans have found the problem too many people vote and a good way to solve that problem is make it harder to vote. One of the anti voter fraud strategies is simply to “accidentally” cull Democrats from voters’ rolls and challenge them when they show up to vote. An the lovers of the Constitution, how they show it!
    By the way why does this guy still get air time?

  11. Conservative Corporate Advocacy Group ALEC Behind Voter Disenfranchisement Efforts

    The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a conservative organization linked to corporate and right-wing donors, including the billionaire Koch brothers, has drafted and distributed model legislation, obtained by Campus Progress, that appears to be the inspiration for bills proposed by state legislators this year and promoted by Tea Party activists, bills that would limit access of young people to vote.

    ALEC describes itself as a “nonpartisan membership association for conservative state lawmakers who shared a common belief in limited government, free markets, federalism, and individual liberty.”

    In Wisconsin, where public attention now is focused on Gov. Scott Walker’s (R) efforts to undermine the rights of workers to engage in collective bargaining, there is another piece of proposed legislation that could have a substantial negative impact on the state’s young and minority voters. Conservative representatives in the state have proposed a law, backed by Walker, that would ban students from using in-state university- or college-issued IDs for proof-of-residency when voting. If this legislation became law, it would become one of the strictest voter registration laws in the country and would provide significant logistical and financial barriers for a variety of groups, including student and minority voters.**

  12. Paul Weyrich, founder of ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council)


    ALEC Exposed
    John Nichols July 12, 2011

    Founded in 1973 by Paul Weyrich and other conservative activists frustrated by recent electoral setbacks, ALEC is a critical arm of the right-wing network of policy shops that, with infusions of corporate cash, has evolved to shape American politics. Inspired by Milton Friedman’s call for conservatives to “develop alternatives to existing policies [and] keep them alive and available,” ALEC’s model legislation reflects long-term goals: downsizing government, removing regulations on corporations and making it harder to hold the economically and politically powerful to account. Corporate donors retain veto power over the language, which is developed by the secretive task forces. The task forces cover issues from education to health policy. ALEC’s priorities for the 2011 session included bills to privatize education, break unions, deregulate major industries, pass voter ID laws and more. In states across the country they succeeded, with stacks of new laws signed by GOP governors like Ohio’s John Kasich and Wisconsin’s Scott Walker, both ALEC alums.

  13. @ Sharon: There is NO free ID. Check into it. In every case, you have to have a slew of paperwork that everyone might not have, which would be considered a POLL TAX by definition.

    That you have bought into this is really sad.

  14. This joker was able to scare the hell out of “the greatest debating institution on Earth”, the Senate, and the House, causing them to stampede and destroy A.C.O.R.N. (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) as a knee JERK reaction.

  15. fact: Voter fraud does happen. It happens everywhere and has happened from the 1st vote.

    Asking for ID will help reduce that fraud.

    Requiring ID is not considered a hardship for anyone for any activity other than voting.

    Just how little to some people think of others that they think that getting an ID is just too much trouble and unaffordable (even when free) for those people?

  16. So wait, the only voter fraud this uncovered was the guy claiming to be Michael G. Bolton Jr when he was not? Nice, O’Keefe… Nice!

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