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‘There Is No Voter Fraud’ Myth Takes a Torpedo

We are constantly told by liberals that there is no voter fraud — or at least not any that involves voting at the polls. 

Well, the son of Representative Jim Moran, the Democrat who represents Virginia’s Washington suburbs, has just resigned as field director for his father’s campaign for essentially proving them wrong. Moran was caught by videographer James O’Keefe’s camera advising an undercover reporter on how to commit in-person voter fraud. The scheme involved forging utility bills that would satisfy Virginia’s voter-ID law and then rely on the assistance of Democratic lawyers stationed at the polls to make sure the votes were counted.

A leading Virginia liberal blog called “Not Larry Sabato” minced no words about Patrick Moran’s behavior: “No reason to sugarcoat this in any way, it is totally unacceptable,” was his conclusion. He then went on to say “it’s time for his dad to retire.”

Representative Moran, who has been in office for 22 years, is a rough-and-ready politician who has frequently embarrassed himself with politically incorrect comments and controversial positions. It will be interesting to see if his fellow Democrats stand with him now that his campaign has made it more difficult for them to repeat the tired claim that “there is no voter fraud.”

The 26-minute O’Keefe video begins with the undercover reporter approaching Moran at a Cosi restaurant in Arlington. The reporter tells Moran, whom he has never met, that he has a friend who has found a list of 100 Virginia residents who haven’t voted in the last three elections but are registered to vote.

After Moran finally understands that the goal is to use the list to cast fraudulent votes in the names of those non-voters, he explains how that could be done. He suggests creating fake utility bills, which would serve as a form of acceptable identification for voters. He warns that the state’s new voter-ID law will mean poll workers will be “cracking down” on possible voter fraud, but there is a way around the law.

“So, if they just have the utility bill or bank statement — bank statement would obviously be tough . . . but faking a utility bill would be easy enough,” Moran says. The two men then discuss how Microsoft Word can be used to manufacture a fake utility bill.

If there’s any trouble, Moran then advises, an Obama for America lawyer, or another Democratic lawyer working the polling place would be available to help:

“You’ll have somebody in house, that if they feel that what you have is legitimate, they’ll argue for you.”

Moran then helpfully invites the O’Keefe associate into the Arlington County Democratic Party’s office where he tells him he should contact the registered voters on his list to make sure they won’t be voting. One method he suggests is to impersonate a pollster and ask if they plan to vote.

Last April, a 22-year-old O’Keefe associate showed how easy it is to vote in the name of someone else at a polling place that doesn’t require ID by simply mentioning the name of attorney general Eric Holder, and then being offered his ballot. Now O’Keefe has shown just how easy it could be to commit in-person voter fraud, even with some form of ID law, by simply using Microsoft Word and manufacturing a utility bill.

Here’s hoping against hope that O’Keefe’s latest video will stir some in the media to engage in the kind of investigative journalism that is so lacking on voting issues. 

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