Project Veritas founder and pioneering investigative reporter James O'Keefe tries to obtain the ballot of Detroit Free Press columnist Brian Dickerson in Michigan (Photo: Screenshot)

Project Veritas founder and pioneering investigative reporter James O’Keefe tried to obtain the ballot of Detroit Free Press columnist Brian Dickerson in Michigan (Photo: Screenshot)

An explosive undercover video shows just how startlingly simple it is for anyone to commit voter fraud in Michigan – even when the voter provides no I.D. and falsely assumes the identity of a well-known columnist.

James O'Keefe

James O’Keefe

The undercover footage was released Tuesday by Project Veritas founder and pioneering investigative reporter James O’Keefe.

In the video, O’Keefe visits a polling location in Michigan and requests a ballot for Detroit Free Press columnist Brian Dickerson.

At the location, workers request O’Keefe’s name, address and driver’s license.

“Oh, you do need a license?” O’Keefe asks. “I don’t actually have my wallet with me. I lost it over the weekend hunting. My license fell out of my pocket.”

He adds, “I didn’t know I needed an I.D.”

“You do,” says the poll worker, who asks, “What’s your address?”

O’Keefe obviously provides an incorrect address, and the poll worker is puzzled because O’Keefe says he lives on “Marietta” rather than “Henrietta.”

The female poll worker calls Birmingham, Michigan, city clerk Laura Pierce for instructions on what to do about a voter with no I.D.

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The worker tells O’Keefe: “So you have to fill out the front, and do the back. And then you can vote.”

“Do I need to get an I.D.?” he asks.

“No, vote,” she says, instructing him to simply sign an affidavit on the back “saying you are who you say you are.”

O’Keefe asks her: “If I don’t have a license, how do you guys know I am who I say I am?”

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The real Detroit Free Press columnist Brian Dickerson (Photo: Twitter)

The real Detroit Free Press columnist Brian Dickerson (Photo: Twitter)

He then tells poll worker he is Detroit Free Press columnist Brian Dickerson.

She appears skeptical as she asks, “You’re not, you’re Brian Dickerson?”

The worker explains, “So, if you come in and vote as Brian Dickerson, and another Brian Dickerson comes in, they can’t vote.”

Still doubtful, she asks, “Are you his son?”

“No, no, it’s Brian,” O’Keefe insists.

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After he leaves the polling place, O’Keefe expresses his disbelief: “She kinda knew who Brian was, and she didn’t care. So that was interesting.”

In his next stop, O’Keefe drops by the office of city clerk Laura Pierce, and he shows Pierce the footage of the polling location offering him a ballot for Brian Dickerson.

“You told her to vote, and this is the guy,” O’Keefe tells Pierce, pointing to the real Brian Dickerson. “I’m not that person.”

“Right, you aren’t,” she says. “And she knows you are not that person.”

As O’Keefe continues to explain, Pierce interrupts: “Excuse me, why are you recording this?”

She continues, “It’s election law. If you do not have a driver’s license with you, you can turn over the affidavit and complete the affidavit.”

Pierce claims the incident wasn’t a case of voter fraud because “you did not get to the computer yet.”

The state’s system works, she insists, adding, “I’m doing what I’m told.”

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Michigan election law states:

Voters without picture ID: Michigan election law anticipates that not all voters will have picture ID. Voters who do not have acceptable picture ID or forgot to bring acceptable picture ID to the polls can vote like any other voter by signing an affidavit.

As WND reported, during the 2012 election, Project Veritas conducted a series of investigations in more than a dozen states “demonstrating the ease with which election fraud can be committed and legitimate voters can be disenfranchised.”

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A video sting by O’Keefe, first reported by WND, prompted the resignation of Democrat campaign staffer Patrick Moran, the son of Rep. Jim Moran son, and a criminal investigation by the Arlington County Police Department in Northern Virginia, near Washington, D.C. Prosecutors decided not to press charges.

The Moran video:

Patrick Moran, who is also the nephew of Virginia Democratic Party Chairman Brian Moran, Jim Moran’s brother, is seen on video suggesting that the undercover Project Veritas reporter create fake utility bills to serve as voter ID so he can cast ballots in the names of registered voters. Moran warns there will be “a lot of voter protection” at the polling places to enforce the state’s identification laws.

WND also reported when O’Keefe’s team captured on video a regional director of the voter mobilization group launched by Barack Obama, Organizing for America, helping an undercover reporter vote for the president in two states. The director was fired after the video was reported.

Project Veritas effort in Texas, New Jersey, New York and Connecticut showed Obama campaign workers, including Organizing for America Regional Field Director Stephanie Caballero, helping people who declare they want to commit election fraud. The investigation was inspired by a column by WND columnist Chuck Norris.

Caballero was fired shortly after the Project Veritas video was released.

In April 2012, a Project Veritas investigator was offered the ballot of Attorney General Eric Holder at a polling place.

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