Election misinformation

This photo shows a text message one reader received with misinformation about documents needed to cast a ballot in Tuesday's general election. 

TEXAS CITY

Patricia Washington awoke recently to an alarming phone call — a warrant was out for her arrest, the caller said, and she shouldn’t go vote.

Except, as far as she knew, that wasn’t true, the Texas City resident said.

The event left her shaken but determined to do exactly the opposite, she told The Daily News on Tuesday. In fact, she planned to vote later that day.

“It just got me all nerved up,” she said.

Washington is one of several Galveston County residents to report odd phone calls and text messages, discouraging voting or providing inaccurate information in the run-up to the national presidential election Tuesday between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden.

Election season 2020, after all, wouldn’t be complete without a little chaos.

Law enforcement agencies across the country, in recent weeks, have reported and, in some cases, charged people in connection to instances of voter intimidation and misinformation via robocalls and text messages.

The uptick in such cases coincides with a tumultuous election season and an increasingly polarized electorate.

“I don’t think there are any doubts that stuff like this is clearly a disinformation campaign with the sole purpose of suppressing the vote,” Galveston County Democratic Party Chairman C. John Young said. “The only question, of course, is how are these people being targeted? I don’t know.”

Galveston County election officials and law enforcement officers told The Daily News this week they hadn’t received reports about phone calls and text messages. But Sheriff Henry Trochesset said fraudulent phone calls like the one made to Washington aren’t new.

“It’s constant,” he said.

Deputies have tried tracking such phone calls and usually find it difficult because they originate in other states or overseas, he said.

Residents who receive such calls should ask to meet the person at the sheriff’s office and alert law enforcement, Trochesset said.

Such calls are a clear violation of federal law prohibiting voter intimidation and should be referred to law enforcement, said Michael McDonald, a professor of political science at the University of Florida.

Similar calls have been reported in other states during early voting, McDonald added.

Two conservative operatives this month, for instance, were charged in connection with false robocalls that aimed to dissuade Black residents in Detroit and other Democratic-leaning cities from voting by mail, according to The Associated Press.

The calls falsely warned residents if they vote by mail in the Nov. 3 election they could be subject to arrest, debt collection and forced vaccination, according to The Associated Press.

Galveston resident Bert Feinman received a text message that, while not outright voter intimidation, provided misinformation about voting.

“If you are a U.S. citizen, you will need to provide a certified U.S. state-issued birth certificate, U.S. passport or a certificate of naturalization,” it said.

Out of those items, only a passport actually would be acceptable, Young said.

Feinman knew immediately that what the message said was untrue, so she ignored it, she said. Feinman already had voted.

“I’m kind of surprised they did it in Galveston,” she said.

In the days since, Feinman has wondered how whoever sent the message identified her, she said. Did they look through old voter rolls, for instance?

Although the message had no effect on Feinman, Washington said all the misinformation out there had made her more worried about voting in this election.

“I’d been afraid of sending in mail-in ballots,” said Washington, who voted using that method for several elections because of health problems. “They’d been talking about how you might get in trouble if the signatures don’t match. But I’ve gotten older, my signature might not look the same as it did a long time ago.”

That’s part of the reason Washington has decided to vote in person this year, she said. That, and to let election officials know about the phone call she received.

“If I have to put on two masks, I’m going,” she said.

Matt deGrood: 409-683-5230; matt.degrood@galvnews.com

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Ron Shelby

Voter information lists saying which primaries you’ve voted in in the past are available to the public from Tax Assessor Cheryl Johnson’s office. Do those lists also include personal information like the voters phone number? If so, might be time to look at who has requested those lists.

Carlos Ponce

"Two conservative operatives this month, for instance, were charged in connection with false robocalls that aimed to dissuade Black residents in Detroit and other Democratic-leaning cities from voting by mail, according to The Associated Press."

The two men charged are Jack Burkman, 54, from Arlington, Virginia and Jacob Wohl, 22, from Los Angeles, California. Are they "Conservative" or is this political misinformation?

Jack Burkman vetted Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-V.T., and Rep. John Delaney, D-M.D., and they received his “seal of approval.” Conservative placing seal of approval on a far-Left Socialist? Common sense would tell you he's a nut job, not Conservative.

The “Project 1599” cited in the robocall is the name of a nebulous political organization run by Wohl and Burkman, a play on the address of the home Burkman owns in Northern Virginia that plays host to bizarre press conferences in Burkman’s driveway. But Wohl and Burkman deny any involvement in the robocalls. - Daily Beast

The Daily Beast also calls them "Conservative".

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said in a statement that “the source of the call is still unknown.”

Bailey Jones

This is no surprise. Texas is already the most difficult state to vote in, with one of the lowest voting rates in the nation. That's not accidental. Also, it's no surprise that the other states in which it's most difficult to vote are ex-confederate states or confederate adjacent states and that voting has become more difficult in these states since the Supreme Court gutted the voting rights act.

https://newsroom.niu.edu/2020/10/13/how-hard-is-it-to-vote-in-your-state/

Knowledge is power and ignorance is gullibility. No one can fool you if you know the truth. Get your information from reliable sources, in this case, https://www.galvestonvotes.org/ or https://www.votetexas.gov/

Normally I'd say that if you receive one of these calls, report it to the Texas Attorney General, but given that our AG is Ken Paxton, I wouldn't waste your time. But do report it to your local police.

https://www.npr.org/2020/10/01/919309649/far-right-activists-charged-over-robocalls-that-allegedly-targeted-minority-vote

https://www.wlvt.org/blogs/northampton/robocalls-make-false-claims-about-mailin-voting-ag-warns/

And remember - Galveston County early voting is open 7 AM - 7 PM today through Friday. Bring your ID and don't let anyone tell you you can't vote.

https://www.galvestonvotes.org/election-information/polling-locations/

Detailed voting rules are here - https://www.votetexas.gov/faq/

Even if you don't have an ID, if you are registered you can vote - although there are additional forms to fill out, and you may only be able to cast a "provisional" ballot. Your provisional ballot will be counted if you "visit the county voter registrar’s office by the sixth calendar day after Election Day. At the county voter registrar’s office, you will have to show one of the seven (7) acceptable forms of photo identification listed above, or, if you qualify, submit a natural disaster temporary affidavit referenced above. If you present a proper form of photo identification or submit the natural disaster temporary affidavit, the provisional ballot will be counted."

Remember, your right to vote belongs to you. It's not some benefit granted by the government. But your right to vote comes with the responsibility to follow the rules. Bring your ID, or be prepared to fill out a Reasonable Impediment Declaration. If you don't have your ID handy - vote a provisional ballot and supply your ID after the fact. Your ID (drivers license, for example) does NOT have to be current - "For voters aged 18-69, the acceptable form of photo identification may be expired no more than four years before being presented for voter qualification at the polling place. For voters aged 70 or older, the acceptable form of photo identification may be expired for any length of time if the identification is otherwise valid."

The name on your ID doesn't have to be exactly the same as what is on your registration - A voter’s name on the identification provided is considered substantially similar if one or more of the following circumstances applies:

The name on the ID is slightly different from one or more of the name fields on the official list of registered voters. The name on the voter’s ID or on the list of registered voters is a customary variation of the voter’s formal name. For example, Bill for William, or Beto for Alberto. The voter’s name contains an initial, middle name, or former name but it is either not on the official list of registered voters or on the voter’s ID or is different on those documents. A first name, middle name, former name or initial of the voter’s name occupies a different field on the presented ID document than it does on the list of registered voters.

If you have a discrepancy in your name, you can correct it when you vote so it doesn't happen again.

There is no requirement that the address on your ID match the address of your registration. Your ID is only to determine who you are, not where you live. Your voter registration identifies where you live.

"If you moved within the same county where you are currently registered, you must file the new address information in writing with your voter registrar OR you may submit the "in county" change online. The last day to make a change of address that will be effective for the November 3, 2020 Election is October 5, 2020. If you missed this deadline, you may return to your old precinct to vote, if you still live in the political subdivision holding the election. If you moved within the county, you will have to go back to the precinct in which you are currently registered (your “old” precinct), and, at that location, you will be required to complete a "statement of residence" confirming your new address. This will act to update your registration information for the future. You will then be allowed to vote a regular ballot as long as you are otherwise eligible. If you moved to a “new county,” you must re-register in your new county of residence by October 5, 2020, to be eligible to vote in the November 3, 2020 Election.

As a registered voter in Texas, you have the right to:

A ballot with written instructions on how to cast a ballot.

Ask the polling place official for instructions on how to cast a ballot (but not suggestions on how to vote).

Cast your vote in secret and free from intimidation.

Receive up to two more ballots if you make a mistake while marking the ballot.

Bring an interpreter to assist you as you qualify to vote if you do not understand the English language.

Help to cast your ballot if you cannot write, see the ballot, or understand the language in which it is written.

Report a possible voting rights abuse to the Secretary of State (1.800.252.8683) or to your local election official.

Cast a provisional ballot if your name does not appear on the list of registered voters.

John Mittelsted

It was extraordinarily easy to vote. Walk in give your ID and vote. You have to have an ID to drive, by cigarettes or get into a bar. You have to have an ID to legally do most things an adult does. Shouldn't be hard to pull it out of your wallet and vote. What's not easy is voting as a non-citizen or someone avoiding identification. Registering to vote was pretty simple as well....not sure of the difficulty you refer to.

Bailey Jones

Texas has, for instance, the longest waiting time between registration and voting - 30 days. Many states offer same-day registration or shorter waiting times. Texas has reduced the number of polling stations in some parts of the state by more than 50% - resulting in longer lines. Texas has the most restrictive pre-registration law in the country - not allowing registration unless you're 17 and 10 months old, whereas other states simply require that you be 18 at the time of the next election. The net effect is that a lot of kids who get registered while in high school in other states don't here. And of course, Texas severely limits mail-in voting, targeting older, more conservative, voters. Texas limits the forms of acceptable ID - taking a handgun license (more likely to be a conservative voter) while rejecting a university ID (more likely to be a liberal voter).

The fact that Texas has the lowest voter turnout of any state speaks to the effectiveness of these difficulties. I'll grant you that none of them are insurmountable, but they are clearly having the desired effect.

John Mittelsted

I see time constraints. I still don't see difficulty constraints. I partially agree on college ID however, if you have a college ID you most likely have state ID or you couldn't get the college ID (most cases). Secondarily, I could have a college ID at TXAMU Galveston but but my voting rights reside in Colorado. It's very easy to request the ballot and mail in. Again i hear time constraints I don't hear difficulty. I want to agree with you and help advocate the cause but I haven't heard the problem yet. It takes time to verify subject mater I can't blame the state for requirements of time for verification.

Carlos Ponce

"The fact that Texas has the lowest voter turnout of any state" Not a fact, Bailey.[sneaky]

According to a 2016 Huffington article, Hawaii, West Virginia, Arkansas and Tennessee had lower.

Why Texas? Texas has a transient population. Names of moved or deceased voters will still appear as non-voters in some counties (unless of course Democrats vote for them!)

Gary Scoggin

Oh, we’re only number 46. Now that’s something to be proud of.

Carlos Ponce

Apparently Gary Scoggin failed to read WHY we are rated low. Interesting that the counties that have inaccuracies in their voter rolls are run by Democrats.

Gary Scoggin

Yes, dear.

Jim Forsythe

Through Oct. 28, 8.6 million people, or 51% of registered voters, had cast their ballots in Texas.

And Derek Ryan, a Republican voter data expert, predicted this week that the number will surpass 12 million total votes cast.

If the excuses why we have low voter turnout were true, why are we on track to break records for voting percent?

Quote from Carlos, "Texas has a transient population. Names of moved or deceased voters will still appear as non-voters in some counties (unless of

course Democrats vote for them!)" He is incorrect or people moved back into the state and the dead are no longer dead?

The reason is that people are motivated to vote is because they have strong feeling about Trump! We will have a better understanding how many Democrat's and how many Republicans' are in Texas after Tuesday or when the total is know,.

Carlos Ponce

I heard a report on KTRH about the number of deceased still on the rolls in Harris County, Jim. One African-American reported his dead parents are recorded as voting.

Jim Forsythe

If you go by the estimates of people on the Texas voter rolls that are dead, it amounts to less then one forth of one percent.

Why has the percentage of people voting increased this year?

The reason is that people are motivated to vote, is because they have strong feelings about Trump!

We will have a better understanding how many Democrat's and how many Republicans' are in Texas after Tuesday, or whenever the total is known.

Carlos Ponce

And who gave these "estimates"? In a Blue city or county they will not scrutinize.

Jim Forsythe

How many dead people do you say are on the Texas's voter rolls?

After tomorrow we will have a total of over 9 Million votes cast in Texas this year, which is more then the total in 2016 (8,969,226).

We will reach the 12 to 12.5 million in total votes cast, which will be in the 75% range.

Carlos Ponce

"How many dead people do you say are on the Texas's voter rolls?" In counties run by Democrats quite a few. But will they ever check their rolls? Nah. It's more convenient fo ignore them in case you need more votes. What was it that Liberal pundit said? Oh yes, “In one of the states that determined the outcome” of the 2016 presidential race, “the winning margin averaged out to just two votes per precinct, two votes.”

https://www.politifact.com/factchecks/2020/aug/18/michelle-obama/michelle-obama-right-2-votes-precinct-enabled-trum/

But they weren't counting on a Trump victory back in 2016. But this time........

Jim Forsythe

Carlos, you are saying you have no idea how many dead people are on the voters rolls in Texas., "quite a few" is not a number.

You try and say that I am wrong, but you give no number. In Texas how many dead people voted? Do you have a number or is it like the 95,000 thing all over again? Texas Secretary of State David Whitley apologized to lawmakers for his rollout of an erroneous list of 95,000 “illegal voters.

You keep trying to find illegal voters where there is none. People that die are not illegal voters.

In Michigan's Oakland County that was which was solidly red 12 years ago, it is solidly blue today. This is echoed across the state of Michigan.

Michigan is not going to be as close as 2016, as far as votes for President.

Each of three third party candidates — Gary Johnson, Jill Stein, and Darrell L. Castle in 2016 — also won more votes than Trump’s margin over Clinton in Michigan . Trump won by 10,704 votes.

The state’s governor, Gretchen Whitmer, Dana Nessel state attorney general and Jocelyn Benson secretary of state, flipping those seats from red to blue.

Michigan is a example of a blue wave, that will vote for Biden.

Carlos Ponce

Jim Here's a number 7,0896,564! Is it exact, I don't you. I cannot prove it. You cannot disprove it because the Liberal ins REFUSE to purge their rolls. Those names remain for their convenience. To deny that there isn't any fraud is plain gullibility.

Gary Scoggin

Carlos, I see where you and Danny Gelb Patrick got the same memo. Did it come from your secret source?

Carlos Ponce

GOD is no secret, Gary Scoggin.

Jim Forsythe

My guess is that you where saying 7,896,564 and not the exact number you posted,7,0896,564!

Texas does not have enough room on the voter list, for that many dead voters. How many in Texas do you believe are dead and on voters rolls in Texas? Of those, how many are classified as “inactive voters"?

Do you believe that it makes a difference if a dead person is on a list that they can not use?

If a person in Texas dies in Texas, the voter registration may be classified as inactive after 2 years.

"Your voter registration doesn’t officially “expire,” but if you don’t vote for more than two years, or if you move to a different residence and don’t provide your new address to the Voter Registrar, your registration may be classified as “inactive,” which means you cannot vote until you have registered again."

i can not talk for all, but when my MIL passed away, S.S. was notified along with the voters registration office and the family did not inform them. She was not on the list after that.

Gary Scoggin

Carlos. Please point out where the Bible speaks to the existence of American political parties and where it states that one in particular can win only through nefarious means.

Carlos Ponce

"Texas does not have enough room on the voter list, for that many dead voters." - Nationwide.

Jim Forsythe

Carlos, how many in Texas do you believe are dead and on voters rolls in Texas? Of those, how many are classified as “inactive voters"?

Carlos Ponce

Gary Scoggin, it's called a "Word of Knowledge".

Jim, an earlier conservative estimate was 36,000 given at:

https://publicinterestlegal.org/files/Report-Critical_Condition-Web-FINAL-FINAL.pdf

Jim Forsythe

The number you gave earlier was 7,896,564 in the USA for dead people on voter rolls. Now we can subtract 36,000 dead voters in Texas, to leaving

7,860,564 dead people on voter rolls in the 49 other states. Seems like a inflated number.

Just as I said, it amounts to less than one forth of one percent dead on voter rolls in Texas. Out of this amount, how many are on the inactive voter list?

Out of this number, how many voted in this years election?

Carlos Ponce

There are 50 states, Jim and most of the faulty rolls are in California.

Jim Forsythe

We have all ready established that Texas had 36,000 or less on the voters rolls. Are you saying we now have 51 states, as Texas was already counted for?

California begins Removing 5 Million Inactive Voters on Its Rolls ..

Juune 20, 2019--Calif. Begins Removing 5 Million Inactive Voters on Its Rolls

Los Angeles County has started the process of removing from its registration rolls an estimated 1.5 million inactive voters who have moved, died or become ineligible to cast a ballot

California’s top election official has put all 58 of its counties on notice that they must also purge inactive voters from their rosters.

Since California has cleaned up it's voter rolls, where do you say the rest of the 7,000,000 plus are?

Carlos Ponce

"We have all ready established that Texas had 36,000 or less on the voters rolls." No, Jim, we have not. As I posted earlier that is a conservative estimate and it was taken years ago but those findings were published in 2019.

Jim Forsythe

"We have all ready established that Texas had 36,000 or less on the voters rolls." Carlos you posted the number 36,000. You post it, you own it.

We are now down to 48 states in search for over 7,ooo,ooo dead voter. Which state are you going to try next?

.California has corrected any problems you have with dead people on voter rolls. Does California taking care of your problem make you happy?

Carlos Ponce

This is what I own:

" Carlos Ponce Oct 30, 2020 9:42pm

Jim, an earlier conservative estimate was 36,000 given"

You DO understand what "early" means, right, Jim?????

You DO understand what "conservative" with a lower case "c' means, right, Jim???

Jim Forsythe

The 36,000 was based upon voter roll data collected nationwide at the end of 2019."early" means in this case the end of 2019.

This was collected by the Public Interest Legal Foundation. They are a conservative legal group based in Indianapolis, Indiana.

"Based upon voter roll data collected nationwide at the end of 2019,. These include New York (59,000 dead registrants) and Texas (36,000 dead registrants)"

Carlos Ponce

Old data.

Jim Forsythe

18 SEP 2020

Carlos Ponce

That's not the date the data was from.

Now let me put it simply so that even a 5th grader would know.

Let''s say you are from a county like Travis County where there is no rush in removing people's names for "convenience at election time" sake. Someone from this organization asks for voter lists, voter registration lists to compare with death records. Would you be forthcoming knowing you, your peers, your political party would be implicated in voter fraud???? No. Eventually that organization would result to what is available on public records but that doesn't tell the REAL story.

Now if you don't understand that, it's a personal problem.

Jim Forsythe

"Based upon voter roll data collected nationwide at the end of 2019."

Carlos Ponce

Key word "COLLECTED".

As a teacher I would say, " I will now collect your homework."

Does that mean all the homework was done just before the collection? Some may have been a late minute rush to finish but I was certain the GOOD students did it the night before.

Common sense tells you the day of collection is not the day the data was created.

"I'd like to see your data concerning deceased registered voters still on the rolls."

"I just happen to have it right here! Here you go."

Does Jim REALLY believe that?

Jim Forsythe

As the actual collection of data does not take that long, the part that takes the longest is the writing of the paper. Once the paper is penned, they then plug in the values that they just have downloaded from the internet. It no longer requires a person to call to get the facts.

The day of collection may be the day the data was created. By creating a spreadsheet that automatically updates the numbers they have all the latest info.. This includes the ones that they are collecting the data from

If you do not agree, that's on you.

Carlos Ponce

Poor Jim doesn't have a clue....[sad]

Gary Miller

I saw on TV yesterday story about woman in San Antone TX who was buying mail in ballots for $5,$10 or $20 and filling them out and turning them in for Biden votes. Said she had done it 7,000 times and hoped to reach 10,000 by election day. Said Texas Democrats were covering her expenses plus $2,500 a month. One county of 3,112, one state of 50 but Democrats claim there is no or very little voter fraud.

Bailey Jones

At least she's an equal opportunity fraudster, Gary.

"Rodriguez also refers to a candidate for whom she is working in San Antonio and at one point identifies him as Mauro Garza, the Republican candidate running against Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX-20)."

"While working for a Republican candidate, Rodriguez says she is urging voters to cast their ballots for Democrats Joe Biden and M.J. Hegar along with her candidate, Garza."

https://thetexan.news/texas-attorney-general-investigating-bexar-county-voter-fraud-allegations-uncovered-by-project-veritas/

But by all means - investigate and prosecute her and her handlers to the full extent of the law. If this is true they all need to be in prison. No exceptions.

Ron Shelby

Gary Miller, You'd have to prove that one about a woman "buying" 7000 ballots. That would be a significant crime and there's absolutely nothing on the web about that story. I'd have to wonder if you're intentionally passing on disinformation to outrage and hype up the other side. Not cool to "Trump" like that.

Carlos Ponce

https://www.projectveritas.com/news/texas-ballot-chaser-pressures-voter-to-change-vote-from-cornyn-to-hegar/

Bailey Jones

Nice coverage of the phenomenon here - https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/disinformation-emails-texts/2020/10/28/3fd319c8-17ed-11eb-82db-60b15c874105_story.html

Jim Forsythe

The news you are talking about came from Project Veritas founder James O'Keefe. He has been convicted and forced to pay a $100,000 fine in the past. He was caught doctoring videos by splicing them together.

Carlos Ponce

Another Veritas denying post.

Carlos Ponce

Jim, the video was edited to remove "dead time" where nothing was said, or nothing of importance. Editing did not change the context:

" 'In two cities, ACORN workers called the police,' wrote Clark Hoyt, then the public editor of the New York Times, who reviewed the raw footage. 'But,' he concluded, 'the most damning words match the transcripts and the audio, and do not seem out of context.' Finally, there was legal fallout. Both O’Keefe and Giles were slapped with various lawsuits, and he settled for $100,000 with a San Diego employee who was fired for his remarks on camera even though he had called the police after the duo left his office.'

https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2018/05/04/james-okeefe-undercover-sting-profile-feature-2018-218015

It was NOT a conviction but a settlement in a civil lawsuit, Jim. You don't get CONVICTED in a civil lawsuit.[rolleyes]

Jim Forsythe

O'Keefe was convicted of a misdemeanor and fined $1,500 in May 2010 after he dressed as a telephone repairman to get inside a local office of Louisiana senator Mary Landrieu. The guise did not work and he pleaded guilty to entering federal property under false pretenses.

Carlos Ponce

Now Jim is changing his tune.[rolleyes]

Jim Forsythe

The California Attorney General's Office granted O'Keefe and Giles limited immunity from prosecution in exchange for providing the full, unedited videotapes related to ACORN offices in California. The AG's Report was released on April 1, 2010, concluding that the videos from ACORN offices in Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Bernardino had been "severely edited

Carlos Ponce

Looks like Jim didn't read the Politico article....[rolleyes]

Jim Forsythe

Attempted sting of Open Society Foundations (2016)

On March 16, 2016, O'Keefe attempted to call Open Society Foundations under the assumed name of "Victor Kesh", describing himself as attached to "a, uh, foundation" [sic] seeking to "get involved with you and aid what you do in fighting for, um, European values." O'Keefe forgot to hang up after recording the voicemail, and several more minutes of audio were recorded, revealing that he was attached to Discover the Networks and planning a series of attempts to create embarrassing videos or other recordings of targeted groups

Project Veritas is a right-wing activist group with a history of publishing deceptively edited undercover videos that paint Democrats and progressives as corrupt. On Sunday, September 27, the group, which is led by James O’Keefe, released a video they claimed showed evidence of illegal ballot harvesting in Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar‘s Minnesota district.

The videos are, as is typical of O’Keefe’s, work somewhat of a gish gallop, comprising a constellation of allegations and assertions that is virtually impossible to fact check without complete clips of the involved conversations. Nearly all the videos used stitched-together, out-of-context remarks with no indication of what occurred or what was discussed just before and after the included portions.

Some of the history of James O’Keefe.

O’Keefe & Other Project Veritas Members Were Arrested in 2010 for Entering Senator Mary Landrieu’s Office in Disguise. O’Keefe and his fellow Project Veritas members all pleaded guilty to misdemeanors — pleaded down from felony charges. Each of them had to pay a $1,500 fine and O’Keefe got three years of probation and 100 years of community service,

On March 16, 2016, O'Keefe attempted to call Open Society Foundations under the assumed name of "Victor Kesh", describing himself as attached to "a, uh, foundation"[sic] seeking to "get involved with you and aid what you do in fighting for, um, European values."[sic] O'Keefe forgot to hang up after recording the voicemail, and several more minutes of audio were recorded, revealing that he was attached to Discover the Networks and planning a series of attempts to create embarrassing videos or other recordings of targeted groups.

Carlos Ponce

The tactics used by O'Keefe are the same that were used by "60 Minutes" back when it was good.....

Jim Forsythe

US–Mexico border-crossing (2014)

In August 2014, O'Keefe dressed up as Osama bin Laden (who had died 3 years previously) and crossed the US–Mexico border in Texas in both directions to "show that our elected officials were lying to the American people" about border security. The incident was cited by U.S. Senator John McCain in Congressional hearings.

Attempt to solicit voter fraud (2014)

In October 2014, O'Keefe and his two colleagues attempted to bait staffers for Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) and then-U.S. Senator Mark Udall, as well as independent expenditure organizations, into approving voter fraud, according to several staffers who interacted with O'Keefe and his colleagues. Staffers began photographing O'Keefe's crew and advising them that what they were advocating was illegal; one nonprofit said they contacted police.

Dan Freeman

While Texas competes to have among the lowest turnout rates in the country, it is the most difficult in which to vote: https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/pdf/10.1089/elj.2020.0666

Carlos Ponce

"it is the most difficult in which to vote"

I had no problem, Dan, did you?

John E Sr. Macrini

They wouldn't let Orf vote.

Dan Freeman

Old retired folks always get to vote. It's the young whipper snappers that have trouble.

Carlos Ponce

Why do you think "young whipper snappers" have trouble, Dan?

Carlos Ponce

Big Guy Joe Biden proclaimed he was wearing a Philadelphia Eagles jacket but was actually wearing a University of Delaware Blue Hens jacket.

“I know Philadelphia well, I married a Philly girl by the way and by the way got my Eagle’s jacket on.”

Liberal apologists will claim it was a "joke".[rolleyes]

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