The ‘one person, one vote’ rule is one of the cornerstones of democracy, or is supposed to be.
And political activist James O’Keefe is determined to prove that the doctrine is at real risk of being frequently flouted in the U.S.
In a video for O’Keefe’s Project Veritas website, a man successfully registers to
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vote under the name of Attorney General Eric Holder at a Washington D.C. polling station.
While it is not a legal requirement to use photo ID in the state, the ‘voter’ demonstrates how easy it is to receive a ballot under someone else’s name – even a high profile one such as the Attorney General’s.
The man in the video approaches the administration desk and asks: ‘Do you have an Eric Holder [on the list]?’
After thumbing through his papers for a few seconds, the election official confirms Mr Holder’s address, and says, ‘Sign here’.
When the mystery man, who appears to be filming the event from a hidden camera, asks if they need to see ID, the official says it’s not necessary.
‘You don’t need it, it’s OK,’ he says.
And continues with ‘As long as you are in here, you are on the list.’
O’Keefe has previously challenged the Attorney General on voter fraud, asking why there are not stricter voter ID laws.
Mr Holder claimed he needed ‘proof’ to further investigate the matter. Something that O’Keefe seems determined to provide.
You are only legally required to show photo ID in Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin.
Clearly O’Keefe believes this should be extended to all states.
In January, he was prosecuted for filming an election at the New Hampshire primary, where members of his crew obtained nine different ballots under the name of one recently-deceased local resident.
O’Keefe also received three years’ probation after attempting to infiltrate the office of Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu in 2010.
While O’Keefe’s video does seem to clearly show that voter fraud is possible, commentators claim that the rate of occurrence is miniscule.
Nymag.com points out that ‘there is no documented wave or trend of individuals voting multiple times, voting as someone else or voting despite knowing they are ineligible.’ The website claims that you are just as likely to be killed by lightning as you are to attempt to submit a false vote, but were unable to produce such documentation to back their claim.
Attribution: Hannah Rand