Let the voter fraud commission do its work

Let the voter fraud commission do its work

Convened by President Donald Trump, the 12-member held its second meeting on September 12, 2017, at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Trump named Kris Kobach, the Kansas secretary of state, who has been the nation's leading advocate for restrictions on voting rights, as the vice-chair of the commission. How did non-citizens get on the voter rolls-and begin receiving political mailings and messages from election boards urging them to vote?

Yesterday, at the commission's public event in the Granite State, members of the panel clashed with Kobach over his attempts at public deception, and heard from a witness who's "proposing that voters literally undergo the same background check as those who are purchasing firearms". Studies have repeatedly shown that illegal voting is very rare, and that voter impersonation is next to nonexistent. In a column last week for Breitbart, the Kansas Secretary of State declared that voter fraud tipped the scales in the election a year ago in New Hampshire.

"Strangely, the issue of Russian tampering in our elections has not been a focus of the commission".

Oh, but wait just a second: It turns out that New Hampshire doesn't require people to be residents of the state to vote; they just have to be "domiciled" there, meaning that they live and spend most of their time there.

He had two reasons for developing the voter fraud narrative, neither of which have anything to do with concern about the integrity of our elections.

Secretary of State of New Hampshire Bill Gardner (2nd-L) addresses the committee. "A lot of folks have been scheming for years to come up with ways to take the right to vote", from the poor and people of color.

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Thousands of college and university students, previously residents of other states, registered to vote in New Hampshire under a state law that explicitly approved presentation of out-of-state driving licenses as certified proof of their identity.

Kobach's decision to write as a paid columnist for Breitbart, which Bannon called "the platform for the Alt-Right", is raising questions of its own: George W. Bush's ethics lawyer Richard Palmer told The Huffington Post that Kobach could be in violation of federal conflict of interest statutes by "getting paid by somebody to write about your official duties".

Kobach says the commission's research into possible voter fraud has the potential to appear in lawsuits over Kansas voter registration policies. It is hard to imagine a more cynical enterprise than this commission, which Trump appointed after he claimed (falsely) that the casting of illegal votes last November accounted for his loss of the popular vote, which Hillary Clinton won by a margin of almost three million.

FESSLER: Matthew Dunlap is Maine's secretary of state, 1 of 5 Democrats on the 12-member panel. "I think we will find that within that 5,000, there will be many who did not comply with the law". Already, the commission's unofficial leader has warmed up for the session by suggesting that the election in November of Sen. With the growing threat of systemic hacking, along with gerrymandering, voter suppression, and ballot access challenges, which limit Americans' ability to cast their votes, there are some very real issues that threaten our elections and our democracy that need attention. But that does not mean they are not eligible to vote in New Hampshire.

"The court rulings in New Hampshire say that the requirement for voting is that you are domiciled here", Smith told the commission. Gardner said he did not necessarily favor imposing new qualifications for registering and voting, but he added that when burdens such as poll taxes and literacy tests were imposed on citizens and registering often required a trip to the local courthouse, voter turnout was far higher than it is now.

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