No matter where you come down on voter ID laws, oppressive tool of right-wingers used to suppress minority and low-income voters or simple step to protect the sanctity of elections, one thing is quite clear, committing voter fraud in the absence of voter ID laws is pretty easy. To prove the point, Project Veritas this morning released several undercover videos where journalists were able to walk into polling station across the State of Michigan and vote the ballots of, what should have been, easily recognizable public figures.
In the first video below, the Project Veritas journalist claims she is Jocelyn Benson, the Dean of Wayne State University Law School, but that she lost her ID. The “Poll Supervisor” is quick to reassure Mrs. Benson that as long as she signs the affidavit on the back of the ballot she is free to vote. When the journalist pushes back and insists that she feels an obligation to prove her identity the Poll Supervisor reassures her that “nobody can vote twice” because if the real Jocelyn Benson subsequently comes in she won’t be able to vote “because you already voted.” Perfect logic if we understand it correctly. So just to clarify, each registered voter only gets one ballot…great, this seems reasonable…but it doesn’t necessarily matter so much who casts that ballot…wait, what?
PV Journalist: “I feel like I should prove that I am who I am.”
Poll Supervisor: “Your word is your proof is right here.”
PV Journalist: “And that’s fine?”
Poll Supervisor: “Yup. Because if somebody else comes in and says that they’re you, they can’t because you already voted. So, you can’t vote twice, nobody can vote twice. So once you vote, I don’t care who you are.”
PV Journalist: “You guys are fine with me just voting.”
Poll Supervisor: “Yup I’m fine. You’re not the first one that’s left you ID at home.“
Each video has its own little twist but all are equally disturbing. In the second video, the polling person seems to know that the Project Veritas journalist isn’t who he claims to be but allows him to vote anyway.
All of the videos can be viewed in their entirety below.
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