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The son of a Democratic representative from Virginia was caught on video conspiring to commit voter fraud, once again igniting calls for tougher voter laws.
Patrick Moran, son of Democratic Rep. Jim Moran, was secretly recorded by conservative activist James O'Keefe, who was posing as a person interested in voting for a large number of people and inquiring about how to do it.
O'Keefe asked how he could vote for 100 people and what he could use to do so. Moran is heard on the video saying that falsifying a utility bill would be one way to skirt Virginia's new voter ID laws.
"He'll need bills," says Moran in the video. "He'll need something with the name and their address on it … they can fake a utility bill with ease, you know?"
The video has created a strong outcry for tougher voter laws, and has been used to show just how easy it would be to participate in voter fraud.
In a press release, O'Keefe called the brazen act "the most damning evidence to date of the scope of voter fraud in this country."
"Patrick Moran is not only the son of an 11-term Congressman, but is also the Field Director on his father's re-election campaign … if anyone should be opposed to voter fraud it's him," O'Keefe continued.
The fallout from this incident was swift, as Patrick Moran resigned, but the wider consequences are just now being understood. With less than two weeks until one of the most hotly contested presidential campaigns in history, doubts are increasing over the integrity of our voting system.
There have been several states that have passed voter ID laws in recent years, which have largely been supported by Republicans. Democrats insist that there are very few documented cases of voter fraud, and allege that the recent attempts to pass strict voter ID laws is a way to intimidate specific voters and suppress their right to vote.