A case of major voter fraud may have been exposed in New York City after a hidden camera video appeared to capture the city’s top Board of Elections official describing efforts to bus voters around to cast ballots at different voting locations.
The video was released by Project Veritas, which is led by conservative journalist and prankster James O’Keefe. In the video, New York City Democratic Commissioner of the Board of Elections Alan Schulkin is seen describing what appears to be voter fraud in New York City.
“I think there is a lot of voter fraud,” said Schulkin, speaking to a journalist in December at a holiday party for the United Federation of Teachers.
Schulkin went on to describe what sounded to be a case of clear voter fraud, with an unnamed group of people that “get buses, and they move people around” to vote for certain candidates.
“You know, I don’t think it’s too much to ask somebody to show some kind of an ID … Like I say, people don’t realize, certain neighborhoods in particular they bus people around to vote,” said Schulkin.
Schulkin also blasted New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s voter identification program, which Schulkin described as deeply flawed.
“He gave out ID cards. De Blasio. That’s in lieu of a driver’s license, but you can use it for anything. But, they didn’t vet people to see who they really are. Anybody can go in there and say I am Joe Smith, I want an ID card. It’s absurd. There’s a lot of fraud. Not just voter fraud, all kinds of fraud.”
The full video can be seen below.
The video appears to be the first of a series of October Surprise videos promised by O’Keefe, including one that he has referred to as an “atomic bomb.” Back in late September, after Hillary Clinton’s performance in the first debate sent Donald Trump reeling and his poll numbers dropping, O’Keefe promised to release a video that appeared to have the potential to take down Clinton.
Wrong. We have tape of them demeaning and disparaging black people in the worst ways. That will matter. Coming in October. https://t.co/p5rxZjYmXx— James O'Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) September 28, 2016
Though O’Keefe did not explicitly say that Clinton was the person on the tape, his tweet came in reply to someone bemoaning the fact that Clinton escaped prosecution for her FBI investigation.
This week, James O’Keefe said the first tape was set to drop, and within hours Project Veritas had released the voter fraud video. The journalist has promised that more are coming.
“This week we drop smaller bombs across the country,” he tweeted on Tuesday. “Next week we drop atomic bombs.”
James O’Keefe has come under fire in the past for videos identified as misleading. This was the case with his first major video, one released in 2009 showing what appeared to be a pimp visiting the offices of the non-profit group ACORN and seeking grant funding and other benefits. The video appeared to show ACORN officials turning a blind eye to the undercover agent’s profession, even suggesting ways they could get around tax regulations.
But it was later revealed that the video was heavily edited, and failed to show ACORN workers responding appropriately, the Huffington Post noted in a 2010 story.
O’Keefe found himself into trouble a number of other times, including a 2010 arrest for trying to plant a recording device in the office of Senator Mary Landrieu, a Democrat from Louisiana. He was also criticized again in 2011 for a video appearing to show NPR executives in a meeting with members of the Muslim Brotherhood, a video that again was identified as misleading.
There is also some context missing from the video appearing to show the top New York City Board of Elections official admitting to voter fraud. The video is edited so many of the questions to Alan Schulkin were not shown, and it is not clear if the reporter heard posing questions had identified herself as a reporter.
So far, the New York City Board of Elections has not offered an official reply to the video appearing to confirm voter fraud in the city.
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