Video: Voter-registration fraud in Texas?

posted at 10:01 am on February 19, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Battleground Texas has a mission — to turn the deep-red state of Texas as blue as Austin, a monumental if not quixotic task. Like other activist groups, the progressive organization conducts voter-registration drives, attempting to get like-minded citizens to turn out in force in the next election cycle. Project Veritas did an undercover operation of Battleground Texas and found out that registering voters is just the start of those efforts. According to the video, the group’s leaders cull information from those registration forms and build their database of personal information — which is a direct violation of Texas law:

In an apparent violation of state law, Battleground Texas officials are exploiting legally protected information to turn voters out to the polls as part of the Democratic party’s quest to paint the Lone Star State blue, a new undercover video from James O’Keefe reveals.

The footage shows Battleground Texas volunteer Jennifer Longoria saying the group uses the phone numbers from voter registration forms in later efforts to boost turnout on election day.

Texas Election Code prohibits the use of, or even the copying of, phone numbers provided by individuals registering to vote.

The same Battleground Texas uses this data to make phone calls on behalf of gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, James O’Keefe and Brandon Darby of the newly-launched Breitbart Texas report. It’s not the first time Texas progressives have exploited what was supposed to be private data; PV also exposed Enroll America for doing the same thing.

Now that this has been exposed, will Texas take action against Battleground Texas? Be sure to watch the whole video to see the response from the Secretary of State — and the failure of Battleground Texas to watch out for “O’Keefers.”


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Here’s the problem with Berry’s argument: The statute mentions agents and deputy volunteer registrars, but doesn’t say that they’re subject to criminal liability–it’s only the registrar.

jim56 on February 19, 2014 at 10:05 PM

Here’s the problem with Berry’s argument: The statute mentions agents and deputy volunteer registrars, but doesn’t say that they’re subject to criminal liability–it’s only the registrar.

jim56 on February 19, 2014 at 10:05 PM

Smells like Open Reg Teen Spirit in here…

Tell us why you’re unwilling to accept the possibility that this was an illegal act?

Del Dolemonte on February 20, 2014 at 1:11 AM

Del, tell me why you’re so sure this is was an illegal act given the language of the statute? (Which Ed and Breitbart omitted).

jim56 on February 20, 2014 at 10:39 AM

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