“Big Lie” Lee Fails Attempt to Defraud His Way Onto Independence Party Ballot Line
Election Law Expert: “This is Simple, Blatant Fraud”
Republican nominee Lee Zeldin — who has pushed baseless claims of fraud and voted against certifying the results in the 2020 election — was caught red-handed trying to defraud his way onto the Independence Party line on the ballot for New York governor, according to a scathing new report from the New York Times.
The State Board of Elections invalidated Zeldin’s application after an investigation revealed many of his 11,000 fraudulent ballot petition signatures were duplicates carefully hidden among hundreds of valid pages, indicating the copies were not an accident.
“It seems to me that it’s an obvious attempt to put together enough signatures to qualify and to obfuscate the fraud,” said election law expert Henry Berger. “This one is not complicated. This is simple, blatant fraud.”
Zeldin’s campaign manager affirmed and signed off on all volumes of the petition, but now the campaign won’t say who assembled the petitions or whether paid vendors helped.
As a congressman, Zeldin voted against certifying Joe Biden’s wins in Arizona and Pennsylvania and supported legal efforts to overturn the election.
“Lee Zeldin has a dangerous track record of misleading voters and undermining democracy, whether it be to appease Trump and the far-right or boost his own flailing campaign for governor,” said DGA Communications Director David Turner. “Big Lie Lee is too extreme, and he can’t defraud his way to a victory in New York.”