If its meeting on Tuesday was any indication, President Donald Trump's election commission is focused on building up a narrative about widespread voter fraud-and potentially laying the groundwork to impose new restrictions on voting in order to combat it.
Despite being corrected on his confused math by two other commissioners and one panelist, Kobach - who earned through his work as Kansas secretary of state the nickname from the ACLU, "King of Voter Suppression" - never admitted that his claim, published without a correction on Breitbart News, was wrong.
"New Hampshire people aren't accustomed to walking away or stepping down from their civic duties", Gardner said. "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.
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 was the second meeting of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. 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 those 6,540 voters were bona fide New Hampshire residents, they would get their driver's license no later than January 7, 2017". Many of those voters were likely out-of-state college students who are still eligible to vote.
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KRISTEN CLARKE: It's a commission that is about promoting this false and unsafe narrative that vote fraud is something that's widespread across our country, and we know that that's just not the case.
As of August 30, about 15 percent (1,014 of the voters) had been issued New Hampshire driver's licenses. It will inevitably seek to impose measures that will have the effect of erecting barriers to voting for poor people, who generally vote Democratic.
"You hear stories of dead people voting, you see people coming from MA into New Hampshire, you see democrats in my district with 13 people or 10 people registered at that home when you know they only have 2 kids, somethings wrong", he said. We are astonished that no one in the WH has even bothered to consult with [redacted] despite the fact that the three of us have written more on the voter fraud issue than anyone in the country on our side of the political aisle.
"New Hampshire is the ideal place for our first substantive meeting", said Kobach, whose visit to the state comes on the heels of statements he made questioning the validity of recent New Hampshire elections. This lenient standard allows states to defend voter suppression laws in federal court by arguing that vague benefits such as "confidence in elections" offset any disenfranchisement.
That suggestion generated some tough questioning from commission members, including Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap.
Democrats in Washington have resisted those claims, saying reports of fraud are rare and barriers to voting are bigger issues. The Kansas Secretary of State and gubernatorial candidate said in the article that it appeared the New Hampshire U.S. Senate race - in which Republican incumbent Kelly Ayotte was narrowly defeated by Democrat Maggie Hassan - "was stolen through voter fraud". "I think it's a reckless statement to make", Dunlap said.
He said the system has most of the information registrars are interested in - chiefly citizenship status and criminal history - when they sign up voters. The theory, which has been hawked by Trump himself, is that these voters sneaked over the border - or were even bused in! - from neighboring Democratic strongholds like MA or Vermont, in a huge conspiracy to swing the election.
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