Dick Uliano, wtop.com
WASHINGTON - Conservative activist James O'Keefe, who turned hidden cameras on Planned Parenthood, NPR and the advocacy group ACORN, seems to have pulled a fast one on D.C. elections and Attorney General Eric Holder, who opposes voter ID laws.
A hidden camera video has been released that purports to show a man at a Northwest D.C. polling place one week ago appearing to attempt to vote in the D.C. Democratic primary as Eric Holder.
"H-O-L-T-E-R? Or D-E-R?" the poll worker asks. "H-O-L-D-E-R," the individual corrects the poll worker, who then appears ready to check off the name of D.C. resident and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder from the voter rolls and asks the man to sign his name.
"I actually forgot my ID," the individual tells the poll worker, saying he left it in his car.
"You don't need it, it's alright," the poll worker replies. "As long as you're in here, you're on our list and that's who you say you are, you're ok," says the poll worker, who was captured on hidden video.
Voter identification is not required in the District.
"D.C. Board of Elections Office of the General Counsel is conducting an investigation to determine whether laws were broken," says Allison McLaughlin, with the D.C. Board of Elections. "Impersonating a voter is a crime."
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 32 states, including Virginia have passed voter ID laws, but some of these laws are being challenged in court. The Obama administration recently filed and objected to the voter ID law approved in Texas.
Virginia's law has not yet been signed by the governor.
In Maryland, only first-time voters are required to show ID.
O'Keefe says the video is the first of several that will show individuals able to obtain ballots using the names of famous politicians.
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