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James O'Keefe's 'dead' North Carolina voter not dead yet

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By Joan McCarter

James O'Keefe's criminal sloppiness in his "journalistic" efforts to prove that voter fraud is real is becoming legion. His antics in North Carolina aren't helping his case. Fact checkers have already found out that a voter he said wasn't a citizen actually is a citizen, and more than qualified to vote.

And now we find out that a tactic that bit him in the ass in New Hampshire -- attempting to obtain a ballot in the name of a dead person who turned out not to be dead at all -- got him again in North Carolina.

Here's what O'Keefe proclaims on the latest Project Veritas video from North Carolina:

"O'KEEFE: We found ballots being offered out in the name of the dead. One man, Michael Bolton, had died April 23, but apparently the Board of Elections didn't get the memo, and his ballot was offered to us on May 8."
Here's what the raw footage O'Keefe's minions took shows:
"In the ensuing video clip, an O'Keefe operative at a polling place tells a poll worker, 'The name is Michael G. Bolton.' There is then a jump cut, and in the next clip the poll worker is telling the operative to sign or make a mark in the pollbook to affirm his identity. The operative then says he would feel more comfortable if he could show his photo ID, and leaves.

"Something very important happens during that jump cut. As the raw video reveals, the poll worker says, 'You must be a junior? ... Michael G. Bolton, Jr.?' to which O'Keefe's operative responds: 'That would be correct.'

"Yes, as multiple obituaries for Bolton note, he was survived by, among others, his son Michael Gordon Bolton, Jr. Public records searches using the Nexis database confirm that Bolton Jr. was registered to vote at the same address given to the poll worker by the O'Keefe operative."

Gee, who'd have guessed O'Keefe would have heavily edited his video to further a big lie? His researchers had to have read the obituary they used to know that he was dead (that's how they get their list of dead voters to try to get ballots for) and have seen, oh yeah, his son has the same name. But they don't really care about nailing down the details like that, because they can always just edit away anything that's inconvenient for them.

But you'd think at this point he'd have been burned enough to either do his homework better, or leave out the stuff that it's so easy to catch him lying about. Of course, if he were actually committed to telling the truth, I guess there wouldn't be anything to put in any of his videos. Because, outside of his stunts, voter fraud doesn't really happen.

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