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Trump election commission head lambasted for voter fraud claims

Trump election commission head lambasted for voter fraud claims

The Kansas Secretary of State and gubernatorial candidate said in the article that it appeared the New Hampshire U.S. Senate race - in which Republican incumbent Kelly Ayotte was narrowly defeated by Democrat Maggie Hassan - "was stolen through voter fraud".

But perhaps the strongest argument against the legitimacy of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, wrote The Atlantic's Vann R. Newkirk II, is the tendency for Trump and Kobach and other fraud inquisitors to make false, unverified, or disputed claims of fraudulent voting, then using those claims as evidence that anti-voter-fraud efforts are necessary, and when claims are debunked, citing that as a demonstration of the need to pursue the subject more thoroughly. This commission has no preconceived notions or preordained results. Last week, Kobach announced that his commission had discovered evidence that a real U.S. Senate election had been swung by thousands of illegal votes in New Hampshire.

"It is real and valid", he said, to the applause of some in the audience. Yet, in the recent finding, as of August 30, which is 10 months following the local senate elections, "only 1,014 of the 6,540 same-day registrants who registered with an out-of-state license had obtained a New Hampshire driver's license".

Protesters holding "Vote Free or Die" signs are greeting members of President Donald Trump's commission on voter fraud in New Hampshire. In and of itself, that doesn't prove that any fraud occurred - theoretically, each of those individuals could have been someone who recently moved to the State and had not yet had time to get a New Hampshire driver's license.

"It could get a little feisty", said Matthew Dunlap, Maine's secretary of state and a Democratic member of the commission.

Despite all of this, The Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog found no unusual turnout surges in 2016 that might be explained by buses from MA, and Former New Hampshire GOP chair Fergus Cullen dismissed the claim, calling it as old as buses themselves in an interview with USA Today. They could also include active-duty military personnel stationed in New Hampshire and long-time residents who don't have or haven't updated their licenses.

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Kobach said he had uncovered proof that 5,313 people who voted in New Hampshire do not live in the state. In part this was about serving more red meat to a base that is as bigoted and narcissistic as Trump is and also because we would end up with single party rule by Republicans if voting was restricted to men who believe they are entitled to all the benefits that come with white, male privilege.

Election experts both in the room and watching via livestream, meanwhile, pointed out that some presenters' credentials were dubious and their conclusions have already been debunked. (Vice-President Mike Pence is the chair.) Kobach will preside at today's meeting, which will convene in Manchester, New Hampshire. The advocacy group Common Cause states in a new report that the request led more than 5,000 Colorado voters to deregister so that their personal information would not be sent to Washington.

In a statement to The Huffington Post, von Spakovsky admitted he sent the email and said he was unaware that it had been was forwarded to the attorney general.

But that would suggest Kobach and the commission actually are interested in finding ways to expand this fundamental building block of our democracy.

Jasper found many statistics that simply do not stack up well for the integrity of New Hampshire's voting system. "And I will not, either". The problem with this allegation is that out of state licenses are perfectly acceptable in NH and are commonly used by college students living on campus in the state.

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez lambasted the panel on a conference call. In 2016, the towns with the highest rates of voters who registered using out-of-state IDs were all home to college campuses. Under the law, those who register to vote within 30 days of an election, including on Election Day, must provide proof of their New Hampshire "domicile". "It's clear my thinking is different than others on the commission", he said.


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