Via John Fund, who includes this fun fact in his digest of the video:
Last December, New York City’s Department of Investigation detailed how its undercover agents claimed at 63 polling places to be individuals who were in fact dead, had moved out of town, or who were in jail. In 61 instances, or 97 percent of the time, they were allowed to vote. (To avoid skewing results, they voted only for nonexistent write-in candidates.) How did the city’s Board of Elections respond? Did it immediately probe and reform their sloppy procedures? Not at all. It instead demanded that the investigators be prosecuted. Most officials are loath to admit how vulnerable election systems are, but privately many express worry that close elections could be flipped by fraud.
Watch for the part of the clip where one organizer advises O’Keefe and crew to visit “ghetto Aurora” if they’re looking for discarded mail-in ballots to collect and cast illegally on behalf of their owners. Lots of black and Latino voters there simply throw their ballots away, she assures him; you’ll find a nice haul of blank ones if you’re willing to pick through a little trash.
Did you know, incidentally, that some lefties there recognized him and realized they were being stung? Not all did, as you’ll soon see in gory detail, but a few. (O’Keefe himself mentions it later in the video.) Some progressive groups were sufficiently nervous about what might turn up in this clip that they went running to Mother Jones this past weekend to note that not all of them condone voter fraud, with MJ claiming at least two instances where organizers rejected Team O’Keefe’s proposals for some sort of illegal shenanigans. Here’s my favorite part, though:
That same day, the guy identifying himself as “Nick Davis” returned to the Democratic office in Boulder. He was accompanied by a man wearing heavy makeup and a mustache, according to the Democratic staffer who had met Davis three days earlier. Davis introduced his friend as a “civics professor” at the University of Colorado-Boulder and the faculty adviser to Rocky Mountain Vote Pride. Davis and the professor, who said his name was “John Miller,” picked up Udall campaign literature and canvassing information…
The repeated questions about submitting other people’s ballots led Democratic staffers to suspect they were being targeted. Later, the staffers viewed photos of O’Keefe—including one taken in Colorado showing O’Keefe sans mustache and sporting a Udall campaign sticker and a Women for Udall button—and they concluded that O’Keefe and the college professor were the same person. They also said the image O’Keefe tweeted of himself with a mustache matched the man who visited the Boulder office on Friday.
Here’s a photo of O’Keefe in “disguise.” He looks about as different from his true self as Clark Kent does from Superman when he has the glasses on.
Only time for 2-3 more election investigations. I went in Disguised as 45yo, this time people may lose their jobs pic.twitter.com/ihuTjpierm
— James O'Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) October 20, 2014
I keep imagining Democratic staffers with this photo side by side with a photo of O’Keefe sans mustache and asking themselves, “Could this be the same guy?”
Exit question: Given that Cory Gardner now holds a steady lead over Udall in most polls, should we conclude that something’s amiss if Udall ends up pulling the election out anyway? Read this before you say yes.