The D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics on Tuesday condemned a hidden-camera stunt that shows a man inquiring about voting as U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. at a city polling precinct during the April 3 primary elections.
The video, from conservative activist James O'Keefe's Project Veritas, addresses the debate on whether voters should provide identification before casting ballots. Mr. Holder has said such rules are unnecessary and could make it more difficult for legitimate voters to exercise their rights, while many conservatives say such laws would stop voter fraud.
Either way, the city's election board was not thrilled to see a man appearing to suggest to a Northwest poll worker that he was Mr. Holder before running off to supposedly fetch his ID.
"I have directed our attorneys to conduct a thorough investigation and refer all evidence to law enforcement authorities for appropriate action," board Chairman Deborah Nichols said.
In the video, a man asks if Mr. Holder is on the voter roll. When the poll worker takes him to be Mr. Holder and appears ready to allow the man to vote, the man says he does not have ID on him. The poll worker says it is OK, so long as he is on the voter list and is, indeed, who he says he is.
The board's executive director, Cliff Tatum, said poll workers followed "proper procedure" and had no idea they were being filmed.
"The voter identification issue is a policy question for lawmakers to decide and the proper forum for influencing that debate is not in the inner sanctum of the polling place," board member Stephen Danzansky, a Republican, said. "We will protect the integrity of that space from political pranksters and advocates who attempt to usurp that ground for their own political positions or causes.
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