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Criminal investigation underway in Moran voter fraud case

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Patrick Moran resigned from his father’s reelection campaign after Project Veritas released video showing him coaching someone on how to commit voter fraud, and now the police are investigating the case.

“The Arlington County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office and the Arlington County Police Department have been made aware of a video released yesterday allegedly depicting Patrick Moran, former Director of Field Operations for the Jim Moran for Congress campaign organization, assisting another to vote illegally,” the city announced today.

“The Arlington County Police Department has initiated a criminal investigation of this matter.”

Here’s what The Washington Examiner’s Steve Contorno reported on the video:

In the video, Patrick Moran is approached by a man claiming to have the names of 100 Virginia residents who are registered to vote but unlikely to do so. The man, who is holding a hidden camera, asks Moran how he can cast votes for those Virginians.

Moran encourages the man to focus his time on legitimate get-out-the-vote efforts. But he also tells the man to forge utility bills with the names and addresses of the 100 Virginians and use those documents as a form of voter ID when casting votes in their name.

“So, if they just have the utility bill or bank statement — bank statement would obviously be tough — but faking a utility bill would be easy enough,” Moran says in the video.

Patrick Moran, the field director for his father’s re-election campaign, announced his resignation just hours after the video was released.

Attorney General Eric Holder has dismissed voter fraud as an important issue in the past, even when Project Veritas released a video showing how easy it was to get a poll worker to give Holder’s ballot to someone else. “It’s no coincidence that these so-called examples of rampant voter fraud consistently turn out to be manufactured ones,” a DOJ official told Talking Points Memo in response.

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