O’Keefe-Brietbart Tape Voter ID Sting Operation
Right wing citizen journalists lie to Washington poll workers to make case for suppression laws
It seems some far right wing groups can't prove their points without breaking a few laws in the process.
Rule-bending media activist James O’Keefe and his non-profit, Project Veritas, has released to Brietbart.com a video of attempted voter fraud.
The three-minute clip, edited together with an interview U.S. attorney Eric Holder gave on voter ID laws, shows an actor trying to vote under Holder’s name, in last week’s GOP primary in Washington, D.C.
“I actually forgot my ID,” the actor tells the unsuspecting poll worker.
“You don’t need it, it’s alright,” the worker responds. "As long as you’re in here, you’re on our list, and that’s who you say you are, you’re okay.”
The actor goes on to express his discomfort with not being asked to show his ID, which he conveniently “left in the car.” The actor them leaves and does not actually vote under Holder's name. But the taped encounter is used to show how easy it appears to be to vote in place of someone else.
O’Keefe and Brietbart.com, the site that broke news of the video, is known for selectively editing videos like it to make the subjects appear in the worst light possible. In 2009, O’Keefe posed as a pimp to “infiltrate” ACORN, a poorly staffed, federally funded community-organizing outfit. ACORN's voter registration drives successfully targeted African Americans and Latinos.
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It’s unclear whether Holder was made aware of O’Keefe’s latest stunt. But it could leave the group in hot water with the government’s top law enforcement agency.
From a Washington Post report:
The D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics declined to address the particular circumstances shown in the video. “We are investigating it and will refer all information we gather to the appropriate law enforcement authorities,” said spokeswoman Alysoun McLaughlin.
At the end of it’s video, Project Veritas promises to release more like it, in a series on voter fraud.
Since the 2008 election of President Barack Obama, a spur of strict voter ID laws have drawn strong rebuke from civil rights activists and other advocacy groups, who say the laws revisit policies similar to those in America’s Jim Crow era.
In March, Holder and the Justice Department continued a pledged effort to stop voter suppression laws, by blocking a Texas law it deemed harmful to Latinos. In Wisconsin, a state judge ruled its law “unconstitutionally burdens the rights of eligible (voters).”
Of the 31 states currently requiring some form of ID at polling places, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Wisconsin, South Carolina and Texas have the strictest laws. There are 19 states that do not require ID at polling places.
The American Legislative Exchange Council has been credited with drafting many of the anti-democratic laws, including the “Stand Your Ground” law, which activists say foiled the initial investigation into the Trayvon Martin case. “Stand Your Ground” and voter suppression laws have been tagged by advocacy groups as n affront to justice and fairness in American democracy.