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Young white activist proves that without voter ID law, AG Eric Holder’s ballot easy to obtain

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Matthew Boyle
Investigative Reporter

Video that James O’Keefe’s The Project Veritas released Monday morning shows a poll worker in Washington, D.C., offering a voter ID activist Attorney General Eric Holder’s ballot.

Holder is 61 years old and an African-American; he bears no resemblance to the young white man who was able to obtain his ballot.

The young man, an activist with The Project Veritas, walked into the D.C. polling place in Holder’s precinct. The activist then gave a poll worker Holder’s name and home address. The poll worker then offered the video activist Holder’s ballot.

When the poll worker asks the Project Veritas activist to sign a form to get Holder’s ballot, the activist responded: “I actually forgot my ID.”

The poll worker and activist then went back and forth over how a photo ID wasn’t necessary to obtain Holder’s ballot.

Poll worker: “You don’t need it; it’s alright.”

Activist: “I left it in the car.”

Poll worker: “As long as you’re in here, and you’re on our list and that’s who you say you are, we’re okay.”

Man: “I would feel more comfortable if I go get my ID, is it alright if I go get it?”

Poll worker: “Sure, go ahead.”

Man: “I’ll be back faster than you can say furious!”

Poll worker: “We’re not going anywhere.”

The activist never ended up accepting Holder’s ballot, despite the poll worker offering it to him. Even so, the video shows just how easy it is for someone to claim they’re somebody else, obtain that other person’s ballot and effectively disenfranchise them by stealing their vote — all because there are no federal voter ID laws. D.C. falls under federal jurisdiction when it comes to voting laws.

As U.S. Attorney General, Holder has adamantly opposed efforts to combat voter fraud with voter ID laws.

“It is time to ask: What kind of nation and what kind of people do we want to be?” Holder said in a recent speech in Texas decrying a state voter ID law. “Are we willing to allow this era — our era — to be remembered as the age when our nation’s proud tradition of expanding the franchise ended?”

Holder believed that Texas voter ID law would disenfranchise minorities, especially Hispanics, in the state.

The irony in this latest Project Veritas revelation is that Holder — one of the staunchest opponents of voter ID laws –could have himself been disenfranchised by white men because there is no federal voter ID law to protect voters in D.C. and elsewhere nationwide from fraud.

Former Justice Department Civil Rights Division attorney J. Christian Adams, the author of “Injustice,” told The Daily Caller the video is yet another example of why voter ID law supporters appear to have been right all along.

“Things are going very badly for voter ID opponents,” Adams said. “Until recently, they’ve been getting away with the lie that there was no reason for voter ID.” (SEE ALSO: NH Senate passes voter ID bill after O’Keefe video)

DOJ spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler did not respond to TheDC’s request for comment.

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