New Hampshire man at center of Project Veritas video charged with double-voting

  • Robert Bell, of Atkinson, was charged by the New Hampshire Attorney General's Office of voting in two states during the same election. —Courtesy

Monitor staff
Published: 4/19/2019 6:35:39 PM

An Atkinson man targeted in a “sting operation” video by a conservative activist group has been charged with voting in two states in 2018, the New Hampshire Attorney General’s office announced Friday.

Robert Bell was charged with a class B felony after an investigation by the office’s Election Law Unit concluded he had voted in New Hampshire and Florida last November, the office said. 

He was charged with “voting in more than one state prohibited,” after casting a ballot in the Granite State and in Palm Coast, Fla, the office said. 

Bell shot to prominence after featuring on video by Project Veritas, a conservative advocacy group, and appearing to admit to double voting. In the 10-minute video, an older man with a goatee identified as Robert Bell stands outside his house and explains that he had cast an early voting ballot in Florida while down for a funeral.

“You early voted in Florida in 2018 and then you voted in person in the polls here in New Hampshire?” a female voice off camera asks Bell. 

“Uh, I guess I did,” Bell responds.

The video, posted April 10, prompted the Attorney General’s office to announce that it was investigating the situation. 

On Thursday, Bell was charged with a violation of RSA 659:34-a. 

Bell turned himself into law enforcement and was released on bail, according to the Attorney General’s office, which did not specify the bond amount. 

He’ll be arraigned at the Rockingham County Superior Court at 8:30 a.m. on May 3, the office said.

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