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Another fraud alert: Video and voter ID

October 26. 2012 12:29AM

In New Hampshire this past January, political stuntman James O'Keefe showed how important voter ID laws can be in deterring voter fraud. He did so again this week in Virginia.

In the New Hampshire presidential primary, staffers for O'Keefe's Project Veritas showed up at polling places and asked if poll workers had certain names on their voter rolls. They did not claim to be those voters. Their videos showed poll workers handing them other people's ballots and telling them that they did not need to prove their identity. This week's video underscored the importance of voter ID laws in another way.

This video showed Patrick Moran, the field director for and son of U.S. Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., encouraging a person he thought was a liberal activist to commit voter fraud. (Moran resigned from his father's campaign within hours of the video's release.) The Project Veritas staffer had told Moran he wanted to cast votes in the names of 100 registered voters he thought would not show up on Election Day. Moran replied that such fraudulent voting would be difficult because of Virginia's voter ID law. The best way to do it, he said, would be to forge documents such as utility bills, which can be used in lieu of a photo ID under Virginia's new law.

The video shows that the mere existence of a voter ID law presents a huge obstacle to committing voter fraud. File it under: Facts liberal activists refuse to acknowledge.

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