March 21 2018

Presidential commission on election integrity comes to New Hampshire

March 21 2018, 12:44 | Van Peters

Presidential commission on election integrity comes to New Hampshire

Presidential commission on election integrity comes to New Hampshire

However, Kobach said there's still uncertainty surrounding the outcome of the election and more than 5,000 votes cast by people who registered with an out-of-state driver's license.

We would like to believe that this foolishness will mark the beginning of the end of the commission on electoral integrity.

But King, the chief election officer and probate judge for Jefferson County, let the commission know how he felt about what he sees as an effort to keep people from voting rather than expanding the right to vote.

In a recent column, Kobach said it appeared voter fraud may have played a role in that state's 2016 election results.

New Hampshire allows same-day voting for people (students, for example) who live in New Hampshire but don't have state IDs.

In a Breitbart column published last week, Kobach criticized New Hampshire's same-day voter registration and wrote that a "pivotal, close election was likely changed through voter fraud".

New Hampshire law gives those new voters 60 days to get a state driver's license; yet, Kobach noted, of those 6,540 people who registered on November 7, 5,526 people have not yet obtained a license.

Indeed, 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in her new book reportedly blames part of her election loss on voter ID laws that she said prevented her supporters from turning out at the polls.

The Gardner rebuke of Kobach was a window into the entire process that unfolded Tuesday at Saint Anselm College, where most of the day's 12 presenters stoked fears of the potential for widespread voter fraud.

Presidential commission on election integrity comes to New Hampshire
Presidential commission on election integrity comes to New Hampshire

In some cases, the immigrants told election officials that they weren't citizens but were kept on the rolls and were even allowed to vote, the study says.

The all-day hearing raises more questions about the intentions of Kobach and other commissioners, including Hans von Spakovsky of the conservative Heritage Foundation, who has a long history of pushing for voting restrictions. "If they choose to hold their primary [before anyone else], you can strip the state of any delegates so that no delegates are awarded and you can sanction candidates who are running there". Such misleading allegations typify the voter-fraud campaign, because it's really a cure for which there is no disease. Those advocates say a bigger issue is voter suppression.

The panel also heard a presentation from three speakers on electronic voting systems and their impact on election integrity, and watched a demonstration of 19th century New Hampshire voting machines still in use today. It was set up after the president claimed without evidence that 3 to 5 million people voted illegally in November.

Which is why commission supporters point out that Donald Trump didn't invent this problem.

Commission Vice Chairman Kris Kobach, who is Kansas secretary of state, will chair the meeting.

Soldiers died for the rights of Americans to vote, King said.

Secretary of State of New Hampshire Bill Gardner (2nd-L) addresses the committee. John Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, said the National Instant Criminal Background Check System could be used to identify those who are ineligible to vote, such as felons and noncitizens.

Dunlap dismissed the idea, calling it a "sterling example of the laws of unintended consequences" that would widen the mission of the background check database, which he said was never meant to be used as an election tool. President Trump also tweeted about the "serious voter fraud" that had occurred in New Hampshire. "So what do we have to fear from looking at that and find out why people feel this way?" "I think it's going to have to come from the federal government", he said.

"It might be a way Democrats can use a system they claim works very well to go and prove, essentially, to Republicans that there's no fraud", said Lott, who a year ago criticized the same National Instant Criminal Background Check System as a "mess". But Dunlap wasn't the only member of the panel to offer it.

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