Ahead of Meeting, Trump Election Commission Ripped as 'Stain on Democracy'

Ahead of Meeting, Trump Election Commission Ripped as 'Stain on Democracy'

At a meeting of the election panel Tuesday in New Hampshire, Kobach said he might have chosen the wrong word.

Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Ala., one of the most frequent critics, said the commission received testimony at today's hearing from "political allies and long-time advocates for discriminatory voter restrictions" led by commission vice chairman, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who she says has a history of voter suppression and has been the subject of civil rights complaints. Not one proven case exists of nonresidents voting in that election.

At that first meeting, Kobach cited a report from the Heritage Foundation that claimed to have found 1,070 instances of voter fraud. Studies have repeatedly shown that illegal voting is very rare, and that voter impersonation is next to nonexistent.

In an op-ed in Breitbart News last week, Kobach charged that the senate race, won by Democrat Maggie Hassan, was "stolen through voter fraud" because of the participation of voters with out-of-state licenses.

Ultimately, Trump made a decision to name two Democratic secretaries of State to his "Bipartisan Presidential Commission on Election Integrity", along with an Obama-appointed commissioner of the Election Assistance Commission.

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

The Washington Post points out that he failed to account for one group of voters that has a reason to hold out of state licenses: college students in New Hampshire who attend from out of state. "You don't want to rest the election of the president on, 'Maybe the Wi-Fi was turned on when it shouldn't have been'". Voter fraud is just a myth?

Professor Andrew Smith of the UNH Survey Center said polling by his organization suggests that 85 to 83 percent of New Hampshire residents have high confidence in the state's electoral process, but the fact that some don't should be a concern. So let's stop and take a closer look.

The incident illustrated one of the main problems the panel faces as it goes forward with its stated mission of finding ways to instill more public confidence in US elections: The voting process is complicated and data are hard to come by, a point several witnesses emphasized on Tuesday. New Hampshire does not require people to be "residents" to register and vote, so temporary New Hampshire dwellers like college students can legally use their current domicile in order to cast a ballot. I said "it appears" non-residents may have tipped the result. That group met in New Hampshire this week amid protest from activists and pushback over new, unfounded claims of voter fraud in the state during the 2016 election.

The Election Integrity Commission "should be expanding the rights of our citizens to vote, instead of arguably looking for ways to keep people from voting", Alan L. King, an Alabama probate judge, wrote in a scathing open letter.

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Kobach, who also serves as secretary of state in Kansas, has faced criticism for basing his article on anecdotal evidence and data showing that 6,540 people who registered to vote on Election Day used out-of-state driver's licenses. Do the math, Kobach urged: The result is 5,313 fraudulent voters in New Hampshire.

These contentions were challenged by Jasper, who stressed the wide scope of voter fraud that is blatantly evident across New Hampshire. "I think it's a reckless statement to make", Dunlap said.

Popper, the director of Judicial Watch's Election Integrity Project, has threatened to sue states and counties unless they purged their voter rolls of supposedly ineligible voters. But in recent years, the court has assumed that tough registration requirements, early voting cuts, and voter ID rules are passed with no intent to disenfranchise citizens.

On Tuesday, nine commissioners sat on a dais inside the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College, a campus where both Democrat Hillary Clinton and Trump campaigned during both the primary and general elections.

Dunlap said New Hampshire's law is not as strict as Maine's.

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Indeed, in excerpts of her book that have leaked, Clinton takes swipes at many Democrats, including rivals like Sen. Al Franken, (MN). "I think she has a right to analyze what happened ".

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