Heritage Told Trump to Keep 'Mainstream Republicans' Off Voter-Fraud Commission

Posted September 14, 2017

Kris Kobach, a Republican who is the secretary of state in the Midwestern state of Kansas, discussed the commission's work after meetings in Manchester, New Hampshire.

In the presidential race, Clinton defeated Donald Trump in New Hampshire by 2,736 votes. "But they couldn't find one of the dozens of female or minority experts who've studied and written extensively on elections over the past decade", said David Becker, the executive director of the Center for Election Innovation and Research and the former director of the elections program at The Pew Charitable Trusts.

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".

This sentiment that facts were manipulated to keep Democrats from voting - and to make progressives look bad - was also reciprocated by State Senate Democratic Leader Jeff Woodburn.

Tuesday's meeting will include presentations from New Hampshire, where critics say the state's same-day registration law may lead to fraud - and point to a hotly debated study.

Trump established the commission in May after charging, without evidence, that millions voted unlawfully in the November presidential election. But a Gallup poll back in 2004 found the same percentage of Americans-25 percent-feared illegal voting "would be a major problem in the election". "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". But because of New Hampshire's lax election laws, Clarke and these non-resident voters didn't technically break the law. The proof was that they registered to vote using out-of-state IDs. (Residents have 30 days to submit their documents in towns where the clerk's offices are open part-time.) If voters fail to provide this documentation within the time limit, they are subject to $5,000 fines and up to one year in jail.

J. Christian Adams, the Public Interest Legal Foundation general counsel who will appear Tuesday, said the organization found 616 instances in New Jersey in which an undocumented immigrant - most of whom had been up-front about their citizenship status - had been allowed to register to vote.

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And there were a large number of people who didn't care. "And he turned out to be a very effective reality TV star". The interview aired in advance of the release later this week of her book " What Happened ".

A group in Kansas rallied to protest the panel's accusation of voter fraud. He based his contentions on data showing that 6,540 voters used out-of-state driver's licenses to vote in the election and that as recently as last week, 5,313 of them had not yet registered their vehicles in the state or received New Hampshire driver's licenses.

We have seen similarly specious arguments from other purveyors of the voter fraud myth. Gupta also argues in the piece that "Instead of looking for ways to restrict the vote, which is the unspoken mission of the commission, we should be looking for ways to expand the vote".

These contentions were challenged by Jasper, who stressed the wide scope of voter fraud that is blatantly evident across New Hampshire.

"This commission is nothing more than an excuse to suppress the vote and discourage participation in our democratic process", said DNC spokeswoman Sabrina Singh. "I think it's a reckless statement to make", Dunlap said.

In late August, Hillary Clinton's campaign attorney, Marc Elias, filed a lawsuit asking a county judge to issue an injunction against New Hampshire's Voter ID law. Guess what else? Election day is in November, when they would be at school.

Dunlap, former head of the Sportsman's Alliance of ME, also challenged a proposal from gun rights activist John Lott to apply the firearms background check system to voter registration.

"It is likely that some unknown number of these individuals moved out of New Hampshire, it is possible that a few may have never driven in New Hampshire or have ceased driving, however, it is expected that an unknown number of the remainder continue to live and drive in New Hampshire", Safety Commissioner John Barthelmes and Secretary of State Bill Gardner wrote, according to Fox News.