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The video, from conservative activist James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas, addressed 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. Many conservatives say such laws would stop voter fraud.

Either way, the city’s election board was not thrilled to see a white man appearing to suggest to a Northwest poll worker that he was Mr. Holder, who is black, before running off to supposedly fetch his ID. In the video, a man asks whether 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, as long as he was on the voter list and is, indeed, who he says he is.