Voting video shows fraud is possible but unlikely

A new undercover video by conservative activist James O’Keefe appears to show someone going to a Washington, D.C., voting precinct and pretending to be U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder (in photo). The person could have signed the voter roll and voted (but didn’t, saying he wanted to go back to his car and get his ID). The video is supposed to be a gotcha on Holder, who has said that voter fraud isn’t a problem. But the fact that it is possible to commit voter fraud doesn’t mean it is a significant problem – which it isn’t, as a number of studies have shown. As Dan Amira of New York Magazine noted: “If you wanted to, you could risk five years in prison and a $10,000 fine to vote for someone else, but we’re not sure why you would.” Why risk all that when the fraudulent vote is highly unlikely to alter the outcome of an election? And getting a large group of people to vote fraudulently would be even more difficult to pull off, which is why it doesn’t happen.