Project Veritas has discovered electioneering—attempts to sway the decision of voters on Election Day within 100 feet of polling stations—caught on camera during the Democratic primary for New York City’s mayoral race.
New York state election law 17-130(4), “Misdemeanor in relation to elections,” prohibits “[e]lectioneer[ing] on Election Day or on days of registration within one hundred feet, as defined herein, from a polling place.”
New York state election law 17-126(1) and (2), “Misconduct of election officers,” prohibits an “election officer” from revealing “to another person the name of any candidate for whom a voter has voted” or even communicating “his opinion, belief or impression as to how or for whom a voter has voted.”
An investigation by Project Veritas shows two polling station workers appearing to break New York state law on June 22, the official primary date for the city’s Democrats in the mayoral race, by offering opinions and personal views regarding specific candidates who were on the ballot for mayor.
One particular disclosure may also have resulted in the firing of county interpreter Rafael Rivera who told one of the undercover Project Veritas journalists to vote for New York City mayoral candidate Dianne Morales, while at a polling station located at 319 Stanhope Street in Brooklyn.
Rivera states on camera: “[Brooklyn Borough President Eric] Adams is a person who is chairman of the board and hasn’t done anything about all that is going on.”
“You know. I’m going with the Latina,” Rivera can be heard stating. “I’m conservative but [Morales] has all the five points—demolished [Adams] too at the debate. She demolished him there when she told him he was president and he hasn’t done anything for the borough, for Brooklyn.”
After recommending Morales to the Project Veritas undercover journalist and making the case against Adams, he admits he isn’t supposed to share personal beliefs with the voters. “I would suggest that I’m not supposed to. But under the understanding that [Morales] has the views of the conservatives,” Rivera says.
At one point, the Project Veritas reporter presses Rivera to affirm the stance. “Rafael, I forgot. Who did you tell me to vote for again?” the journalist asks. “Oh, for Diana Morales.” To which, Rivera replies, “Yeah.”
A different undercover Project Veritas journalist converses with Rivera and asks who he thought deserves the reporter’s vote. When the journalist mentions Morales, the poll worker responds, “That’s good.”
Hours after, Bushwick polling coordinator Christina Tejeda informed Project Veritas that Rivera was terminated from the interpreter position the same day.
When the Bushwick site coordinator is asked about Rivera’s behavior, Tejada says he was was fired from the post earlier in the day following reports detailing the poll worker’s potential illegal actions.
“As soon as I found out an everything else, he was let go at 2:31 [p.m.],” Tejada told Project Veritas. “He hasn’t been back in the building.”