The day after securing his next term, Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is opening an investigation into possible illegal voting after a shocking video emerged from inside an Austin-area polling place.
James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas has been exposing a number of shading dealings among Democrats in key states leading up to the midterm elections, from an Andrew Gillum friend and staffer admitting that the Florida gubernatorial has no plans to keep many of his campaign promises to Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke’s staffers plotting to use campaign donations to fund caravan migrants.
But on Tuesday, Veritas released undercover footage of what clearly appears to be Texas poll workers encouraging an alleged illegal alien to vote.
“I can't verify if this is accurate. I CAN verify that it will be investigated and if it IS accurate, illegal votes will be tossed out and wrongdoers will be prosecuted,” Abbott tweeted on Wednesday.
In the video footage, an undercover Veritas reporter tells poll worker Deborah Brooks-Wims that her hypothetical boyfriend is a DACA recipient — a non-citizen — but is registered to vote, has an ID, and wants to vote in the midterm elections.
Brooks-Wims tells her it’s not a problem and says “don’t pay any attention” to anyone who says he can’t vote. Asked repeatedly if a non-citizen can vote, the poll worker repeatedly answers that it’s fine as long as he’s already been registered to vote.
The journalist then brings it up with poll worker Pam Nash, who assures her that it’s OK for “DACA people” to vote and “we’ve got a lot of ‘em.”
“You’ve got a lot of ‘em?” the journalist double-checks.
“Mmhmm,” Nash confirms. “From early voter? We got tons of them.”
The journalist’s hypothetical boyfriend, of course, never actually voted.
Chief Deputy Clerk Ronald Morgan, Jr. of Travis County, where the video footage was shot, is claiming that it “distorts reality,” the Austin American-Statesman reported. He claims his poll workers didn’t understand the Veritas reporter clearly, even though she repeatedly asked the same question in different ways and got plenty of confirmation.
Morgan also accused Veritas of using a wireless communication device in a polling place, which could go against state election law. Texas Secretary of State Rolando Pablos sent out a reminder about not allowing camera or cellphone use within 100 feet of polling places back in February.
That prohibition might come as a surprise to many voters, but a violation of that law seems like it shouldn’t override the much bigger issue of voter fraud.
Watch the undercover footage below: