Project Veritas spotlights NH voter

A screen grab shows James O’Keefe of Project Veritas, right, describing the voting record of Robert Bell of Atkinson, left.

BRENTWOOD — An Atkinson man has been indicted in an illegal voting case for allegedly casting ballots in New Hampshire and Florida during last November’s general election.

Robert Bell, 77, of 5 William Pond Road, faces one count of voting in more than one state prohibited

A Rockingham County grand jury this month handed up the indictment against Bell, who turned himself in to Atkinson police on April 19 after an arrest warrant was issued.

According to the Attorney General’s office, Bell voted in Atkinson and Palm Coast, Fla.

The felony charge accuses Bell, who is a registered Republican, of knowingly checking in at the checklist in Atkinson and casting a New Hampshire ballot after already voting in the same general election in Florida.

In the weeks before the arrest warrant was issued, the controversial political activist organization Project Veritas distributed a video showing Bell admitting to casting an early ballot in Florida and then voting in person in Atkinson. He reportedly owned a house in Florida at the time.

Bell later told the New Hampshire Union Leader that he voted twice by accident. He said he voted early in Florida while attending a funeral for a friend, and voted again when he returned to New Hampshire because he was distracted by the death and forgot that he had already voted.

Bell has also criticized Project Veritas, saying he was recorded illegally without his consent, and complained to authorities.

The Attorney General’s office investigated and decided not to charge the New York organization and its leader, James O’Keefe.