In case you missed it at Breitbart.com this morning, an ingenious stunt from James O’Keefe and Project Veritas. Note that there’s no actual fraud committed here. There could have been if the impersonator had followed through, but when it came time to sign Holder’s name in the registrar’s book, that was his cue to bail out in the guise of going back to the car to get his ID — which, of course, the registrar helpfully reminded him that he didn’t need. An unnamed federal official confirmed for NBC News that there’s no illegality unless and until someone else’s name is signed to obtain the ballot, so bear that in mind for when the inevitable “prosecute O’Keefe” screeching begins.
New York mag argues that there probably aren’t many cases of impostors taking the time to research another person’s name and address and then risking prison to obtain a ballot fraudulently. Maybe not, but I don’t think O’Keefe is claiming otherwise. The point is to show, in the most vividly ridiculous way possible, how a mundane practice and mainstay of American life like presenting photo ID magically disappears in the context of elections. There are, after all, potential solutions to the problems of voters without ID that don’t require stupidly handing over a ballot in someone else’s name on the say-so of the person requesting it. Exit quotation from a whiny DOJ official: “It’s no coincidence that these so-called examples of rampant voter fraud consistently turn out to be manufactured ones.”