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  • Staff photo by Bob Hammerstrom


    Bobby Beaulieu, 23, of Nashua wants people to know he still is alive, and didn't vote in the New Hampshire Primary Election last week.


  • Staff photo by Bob Hammerstrom


    Bobby Beaulieu, 23, of Nashua


  • Staff photo by Bob Hammerstrom


    Bobby Beaulieu, 23, of Nashua


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Message from the ‘Dead’: Nashua man, 23, upset about mix-up in Project Veritas voter-fraud video

NASHUA – Robert William Beaulieu was among the recently deceased used in an undercover video last week meant to expose how easy it is to pose as a dead person to obtain a ballot in New Hampshire.

There’s one problem: The 23-year-old Beaulieu is not dead.

“I thought it was a joke,” Beaulieu said, after his brother, Tim, stumbled onto the video online last week. “I was shocked at first.”

The undercover video by the conservative group Project Veritas, released last week, showed imposter voters going to voting stations in Nashua and Manchester in last week’s primary. In the video, one of the mock voters goes into Nashua’s Ward 3 polling station at Amherst Street Elementary School and pretends to be Beaulieu.

The poll worker responds by reading off Beaulieu’s name and address on Cassandra Lane, then tries to hand the man a ballot.

Another Nashua man, Robert Paul Beaulieu, died in October at the age of 84 and appears to be the man Project Veritas was trying to impersonate. But the Beaulieu who lives on Cassandra Lane is very much alive.

Robert William Beaulieu – who goes by Bobby – is 23 and a lifelong resident of Nashua. He works in financial services and graduated from the University of New Hampshire in May with a bachelor’s degree in communications and an associate’s degree in business management.

Beaulieu said he felt upset and disrespected that the video was made. He said he feels worse for the families of the dead people that Project Veritas tried to impersonate.

“I feel bad for the people they’re trying to pretend to be,” Beaulieu said. “It’s disrespectful.”

The state attorney general’s office is investigating the Project Veritas video. Beaulieu said he called and left his name with the office but has not heard back.

None of the mock voters cast ballots after obtaining them. Project Veritas wanted the video to illustrate the need for a law that would require voters to show a photo ID at the polls. Gov. John Lynch vetoed a voter ID bill last year.

But the confusion about the names has raised some doubts about the video’s effectiveness.

“It was a little ridiculous,” Bobby Beaulieu said. “I don’t know how many other living people they used.”

Beaulieu, a registered Democrat, said he doesn’t think New Hampshire needs a law to require ID at the polls, but he was frustrated by the poll worker, who released his information without asking the impersonator for it.

Beaulieu said the poll worker should have confirmed the man’s name and then asked him for the address.

“The lady was so nice and helpful; he takes advantage of that to find out my address,” Beaulieu said. “She shouldn’t have said anything. That was more of the problem. She led it down that way. My information should never have been given out like that.”

The impersonator, speaking in an Irish accent, also “butchers the name,” Beaulieu said.

“It’s pronounced ‘Bow-lee-er,’ not ‘Bow-le-oh,’” Beaulieu said. “I’ve heard it pronounced that way so many times I’ve stopped correcting people.”

Beaulieu said his friends have offered some other humor about the situation, as well.

“My friends keep texting me, ‘I didn’t know you passed away … things like that,” Beaulieu said.

Robert William Beaulieu was one of four Nashua voter names used in the video. Nashuan Madeline Larose, who spoke with The Telegraph last week, said she was upset the organizers posed as her brother, Joseph Boucher, in the video. Boucher, a Nashua resident, died about two months ago.

Beaulieu said he didn’t vote in Tuesday’s primary because he had to work, and then, he went straight to Hudson Memorial School to volunteer with the youth wrestling program.

If he had voted, it would have been for President Barack Obama. He plans to do the same in the general election this fall, but he’s open to another possibility if the Republicans can come up with a better candidate, he said.

“They still have some time to change my opinion,” he said.

Cameron Kittle can be reached at 594-6523 or ckittle@nashuatelegraph.com. Also check out Kittle (@Telegraph_CamK) on Twitter.