Trump's Voter-Fraud Commission Faces Rebuke in New Hampshire

Trump's Voter-Fraud Commission Faces Rebuke in New Hampshire

Trump's Voter-Fraud Commission Faces Rebuke in New Hampshire

Trump formed the commission to support his professed belief that his presidential opponent past year, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, won millions of votes from people who were not authorized to vote, had not properly registered as voters or voted multiple times.

"New Hampshire is the ideal place for our first substantive meeting", said Kobach, whose visit to the state comes on the heels of statements he made questioning the validity of recent New Hampshire elections. Kobach has been brought to court - and lost - several times for suppressing the constitutional rights of citizens to vote in his home state of Kansas. 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.

The article sparked widespread controversy because it was published just one week before President Trump's Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, of which Kobach is vice chair, was to meet in New Hampshire. "There is a legitimate argument to be made that if you are going to live here, you ought to register your vehicle here, and pay taxes here and get a driver's license here", Fergus Cullen, a former chair of the New Hampshire Republican Party in 2007-2008, told Fact Check.

Kobach argued the fraud was so rampant that it altered the outcome of the state's Senate race-and may have even been the decisive factor in former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's New Hampshire victory. But according to Kobach, such voters committed fraud.

Gardner pointed to New Hampshire's role in the founding of the nation, saying that "we hold the first-in-the-nation primary, and we have a proud tradition of civic participation and responsibility".

The "voter fraud commission", as it's commonly called, is actually not charged with finding instances of voter fraud, according to the executive order that outlines its goal. The implication there, of course, is that these voters somehow traveled to the state for the sole objective of voting in the election and thereby tipped the tight election to Hassan.

Governor Chris Sununu said the same, telling Boston radio host Howie Carr "when MA elections are not very close, they're bussing them in all over the place" - though he later walked back the claim. "Kobach failed to call out this offensive proposal; which shouldn't be a surprise as Kobach has also been moonlighting as a columnist for Breitbart".

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In the lead up to the commission's meeting in New Hampshire this Tuesday, Kris Kobach, the commission's chairman, penned an op-ed for Breitbart News in which he recycled a legend well known in MA and New Hampshire politics. "We believe that what they're trying to do is a form of voter suppression and that will reduce voter rolls". "We have high-confidence indicators of potentially fraudulent voters and ineffective oversight in some states".

"If you're here today, you can vote and be gone", one poll official told Veritas. Palmer, the former Virginia State Board of Elections secretary, similarly tried to hunt for supposed duplicate voting.

"There are only a handful of real experts on the conservative side on this issue and not a single one of them. have been called other than Kris Kobach, Secretary of State of Kansas". He blamed it on an "administrative error". However, a court couldn't find any evidence of such misconduct. After reviewing years of elections in which billions of ballots were cast, the Heritage report found only 10 instances of in-person voter impersonation.

Twenty states have sent in data, Kobach noted. "As always, my office will continue to exercise the utmost care whenever sensitive voter information is required to be released by State or Federal law".

But here's the problem: Kobach isn't right. Already, the commission's unofficial leader has warmed up for the session by suggesting that the election in November of Sen. Gardner, a Democrat and the host of the meeting Tuesday, refused to do so, and said the state's two senators and two representatives were being hypocritical.

And he wonders why serious people don't take him seriously. It's dirty work, but someone like Kobach is more than eager to do it.

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