Primaries were held on April 3 in the District of Columbia. Armed with his trusty hidden camera, a member of O'Keefe's Project Veritas walked into the polling station where U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was registered to vote.
The man doesn't actually say he's Holder; he merely asks, "Do you have an Eric Holder?" A poll worker, who obviously doesn't recognize the name, asks for the spelling. He then finds the name and says an address that is edited out of the video.
The worker then marks off Holder as having voted, and asks the man to sign. The activist says he left his identification in his car and is told,
You don't need it; it's alright. As long as you're here, you're on our list and that's who you say you are, you're okay.
The member of Project Veritas then says he wants to get his ID and tells the poll worker, "I'll be back faster than you can say furious." This was a comedic reference to Operation Fast and Furious
, a secret U.S. program run by the Justice Department that allowed guns into Mexico where they ended up in the hands of drug cartels.
The man then leaves the polling station and does not return.
Whether or not voters should be required to show photo ID when voting is a contentious issue in the United States. Proponents argue that without it, it is easy, as the video illustrates, for someone not eligible to cast a ballot to vote by saying they are someone else.
Those against the identification requirement, such as Holder and the Justice Department, say the requirement of producing photo identification would disenfranchise people; mainly poor minorities, who are entitled to vote but do not have the required identification. They also argue the incidence of voter fraud in the country is negligible.
A spokeswoman for the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics told the Washington Times
that their general counsel will investigate what transpired on the video. She added, "impersonating a voter is a crime."
It might be difficult to convict the Project Veritas worker of impersonating a voter. Not only does he not say he is Holder, (he merely asks if the voting place has an Eric Holder) but he clearly had no intention of casting the ballot that belonged to the Attorney General.
Rep. Ted Poe (R-Tx) is quoted by Fox26
in Houston as saying,
Yes, this video will spark some congressional hearings. Because of the way it was so simple to violate the rules and in fairness to the people at the voting booth monitoring this, they're just following the law, the law being no voter ID.
But the Department of Justice sees this as no big deal. It was just a "stunt" that didn't show voter fraud to be a problem. An unnamed Justice official was quoted by KGO News
It's no coincidence that this so-called rampant voter fraud consistently turns out to be manufactured.
Apparently, in the United States, voter fraud is okay, as long as it isn't rampant.