New Video Exposes Ease of Voter ID Fraud

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WASHINGTON -- Identification: You need to show it to board a plane, buy certain over the counter drugs, and get into some taxpayer-funded government buildings.

Many lawmakers say an ID should also be required to vote. In the last year, nine states passed new voter ID laws, and legislation is being considered in 32 more states.

But critics say the laws place an undue burden on minorities and the poor.

"It's reminiscent of some of the Jim Crow laws of the past," James McLawhorn, Jr., a longtime resident and civil rights activist with the Columbia Urban League, told CBN News.

A video by citizen journalist James O'Keefe recently exposed the ease of voter identification fraud. O'Keefe talked more about the video, on "The 700 Club," April 18.

However, a new Rasmussen Reports survey shows 73 percent of likely voters say requiring a photo ID at the polls does not discriminate. Sixty-four percent say voter fraud is a somewhat serious problem.

The question of whether or not voters should be required to show ID has become a hot topic heading into this year's presidential election.

Attorney General Eric Holder said the new laws aren't needed since in-person voter fraud is extremely rare. He shot down ID laws in South Carolina and Texas.

But recently, citizen journalist James O'Keefe set out to prove how easy in-person voter fraud can be.

He sent a bearded young white man into the attorney general's Washington, D.C. polling place, armed with Holder's address. The poll worker found Holder's name and asked the actor to sign next to it.

"I actually forgot my ID," the actor replies "I left it in the car."

"You don't need it. It's alright," the poll worker said. "As long as you're in here, and you're on our list and that's who you say you are. You're okay."

Critics call the incident manufactured fraud and maintain that strict voter ID laws will disenfranchise millions of voters.

But such examples may well encourage states already considering legislation.

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