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Voter Fraud Scheme Caught on Film: “Faking a utility bill would be easy enough”

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A Democrat campaign worker instructed an undercover reporter on the simplest way to subvert Virginia’s voter identification laws – which strongly resemble Ohio’s – in the latest hidden camera exposé from James O’Keefe and his team at Project Veritas.

Project Veritas filmed Patrick Moran, son of Congressman Jim Moran (D-VA), helping devise a plan to commit voter fraud using a list of inactive voters’ names and addresses. Moran was a full-time employee of his father’s campaign at the time, and portions of the conversation were filmed at campaign headquarters.

The complete video follows.

In Moran’s own words, “If they just have – you know, just the utility bill or bank statement – bank statement would obviously be tough, but faking a utility bill would be easy enough.”

“I would look at the law, look at what you need, but I imagine it’s gonna be something — you know, they’re just gonna have to have a name and address on there, it looks like you’ll be able to satisfy that,” Moran explained later in the conversation. “But it’s gonna have to look legit.”

In Virginia, a voter can present a utility bill as proof of identification when casting a ballot. A utility bill is also accepted as proof of identification in Ohio, where Secretary of State Jon Husted derailed a proposed photo ID law in 2011.

“I believe that if you have a government-issued check, a utility bill in your name with your address on it, that no one made that up,” Husted, a Republican, told reporters as the General Assembly was discussing the possibility of requiring photo ID to vote.

At the end of August, elections integrity groups True The Vote and Judicial Watch sued Husted’s office for failing to maintain accurate voter rolls. With tens of thousands of outdated registrations on the books, the fraud recommended by Patrick Moran could be committed with relative ease.

Opposition to True The Vote from liberal politicians, labor unions, and the legacy media has heated up as the November election approaches. Critics generally assert that voter fraud is inconsequential or nonexistent, and is merely used as a pretext by racist volunteers and partisan operatives.

In Congress, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) began agitating in early October for a congressional investigation of True The Vote. Ohio Democrats have worked to impugn True The Vote and partner Ohio Voter Integrity Project (Ohio VIP), aided by an array of union bosses. On October 17, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) filed a complaint to the IRS demanding that True The Vote’s tax-exempt status be revoked.

Given the importance of Ohio in the presidential race, reporters from across the country have opined on elections integrity efforts in the state. As a rule, “mainstream” journalists seem taken aback by any suggestion that groups reliant on big government would commit fraud for political gain – while charging full-speed at the motives and political connections of any group that tries to prevent fraud.

A New York Times reporter began a September 16 attack piece by writing that voter fraud “might as well be Harry Potter’s invisible Knight Bus, because no one can prove it exists.” A September 26 LA Times column also downplayed the threat of fraud while accusing True The Vote and Ohio VIP of disenfranchising minority voters.

A New Yorker story titled “The Voter-Fraud Myth” is set to appear in the magazine’s October 29 print edition.

Contrary to left-wing rhetoric, the latest Project Veritas video is not the only proof that voter fraud is possible or that liberal activists are willing to cheat to win elections.

Project Veritas has previously released footage of an election worker giving U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s ballot to an undercover reporter, and earlier this month released video of an Obama for America employee instructing another reporter how to vote in two different states.

In September, Ohio Watchdog  released an exhaustive analysis of how easy it would be to commit voter fraud under current Ohio law.

On October 2, True The Vote submitted 34 cases of potential voter fraud in Ohio to authorities. On October 16, three central Ohio women were indicted on felony illegal voting charges.

These facts are of little consequence to labor unions and other liberal groups, who are currently attempting to boost turnout in the election by smearing fraud-prevention measures as “suppression.”

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