Shaheen compares Trump, Kobach voter fraud claims to Russian interference in election

Wednesday, 13 Sep, 2017

Another problem for the commission's work is that it was created in response to President Trump's unproved claim that 3 million to 5 million people voted illegally in November. Kobach has claimed that those results are suspect because out-of-state voters may have cast ballots for the Democrats.

Hillary Clinton and Senator Maggie Hassan-who defeated the Republican incumbent, Kelly Ayotte-both won narrow victories in New Hampshire, in 2016. As we've documented in detail, it is constitutionally required that students be allowed to vote where they go to school.

The gathering comes on the day that Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach led President Trump's controversial Election Integrity commission in New Hampshire.

It's no surprise that the right wing media, from Drudge to the Worldnetdaily to the Moonie Times, jumped all over Kris Kobach's utterly asinine "proof" of voter fraud in New Hampshire because a few thousand college students voted there while having an out-of-state drivers license (shocker!). I strongly believe that to improve the integrity of our elections, we should be making it easier for people to vote, not harder. Using such licenses for voter registration is legal in the state, but it was pointed out that only a thousand and fourteen of these people later obtained a New Hampshire license. Kobach acknowledged he should have hedged his wording, but did not admit he was wrong.

"But it is legal in New Hampshire for you to have a MA driver's license, and have MA plates on your cars, and pay out-of-state tuition to the university, and still be eligible to vote because you are domiciled in New Hampshire, meaning you spend most of your nights here", he said.

"That is something that we all need to stay focused on", Gardner said. "It's by way of the facts", said Gardner, also a Democrat.

Shaheen and Hassan were critical of the commission's goal and Kobach's claims in their joint statement.

Kobach's allies in New Hampshire relayed information that some 5,300 people who voted in that election weren't residents of the state.

Incidentally, there are more people on Kobach's commission than people the Kansas secretary of state has convicted of voter fraud. Mr. Kobach's claim led the state's all-Democratic congressional delegation to demand that Mr. Gardner resign, arguing that Mr. Kobach's unfounded accusations unmasked the sham nature of the commission.

King's comments, however, were the most critical so far by a member on the commission. "You have Republicans anxious about ineligible people voting, and Democrats thinking Republicans are just imagining things".

Also Tuesday, a Nashua judge struck down parts of new voting law backed by the Republican legislature and governor aimed at cracking down on out-of-state voters.

The head of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law said Tuesday her group felt that was clearly the case: The presidential panel "lacked diversity, facts, or actual solutions to support our democracy and combat voting discrimination, that we know prevents racial minorities from voting", Kristen Clarke said.

OR officials have handed over a statewide list of voters to President Donald Trump's commission investigating allegations of voter fraud, for a $500 fee.

After partially walking back his column without admitting his lie, Kobach was then rebutted by two Democratic secretaries of state.

Critics of the voter commission questioned the credentials of those who are presenting Tuesday. Instead he ended up mistakenly sending 125,000 Virginia voters a notification that wrongly claimed that they were registered to vote elsewhere.

Former Gov. John H. Sununu offered opening remarks as an invited guest, and echoed Gardner's concern that voters must be convinced that the election process has integrity in order to encourage their participation.

[Redacted] got a very disturbing phone call about the voter fraud commission that Vice President Pence is heading.

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. Tuesday's meeting is the commission's second but its first outside Washington, D.C.