Kris Kobach gets public dressing-down over Breitbart column

Lucy Bush
September 14, 2017

In his latest column for Breitbart News, Kris Kobach, the commission's vice chairman, called it "highly likely" that the election of Maggie Hassan, New Hampshire's Democratic candidate for the Senate, was "stolen through voter fraud".

Commissioner Matthew Dunlap, the secretary of state in ME, also criticized Kobach for the column, calling it a "reckless statement".

It's not primary season, but voting is top of mind in New Hampshire these days.

One man's mother, who was in a "memory care" ward of a nursing home and deemed too incapacitated to vote, somehow still managed to have a ballot cast in her name in Florida.

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PAM FESSLER, BYLINE: When the president's commission first met in July, Vice President Mike Pence, the chairman, had some reassuring words. Kelly Ayotte lost by razor-thin margins last fall, have borne the brunt of these allegations. During the following panel, titled "Current Election Integrity Issues Affecting Public Confidence", Kobach took the opportunity to tout the eight prosecutions of fraud he has pursued in Kansas, as well as two more he now has "in the hopper". 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". They could also include active-duty military personnel stationed in New Hampshire and long-time residents who don't have or haven't updated their licenses.

The Granite State has same-day registration, which means you can register to vote and then cast a ballot on the same day. Lott has a record of pushing discredited "analyses" about the 2008 Minnesota Senate race, erroneously blaming voter fraud for the Republican incumbent's defeat. But because of New Hampshire's lax election laws, Clarke and these non-resident voters didn't technically break the law. It will inevitably seek to impose measures that will have the effect of erecting barriers to voting for poor people, who generally vote Democratic. It showed that more than 5,500 people who registered to vote last November using out of state drivers licenses never subsequently obtained in-state licenses or registered their cars in the state.

White House Policy Adviser Stephen Miller and other Republicans have contended since Election Day that a considerable number of nonresident Democrats - primarily from MA - traveled to New Hampshire in order to vote illegally and tip the scale to give Clinton the win over Trump.

Project Veritas operatives, who took hidden cameras to New Hampshire for the 2016 February primary, was told by poll workers that they did not need to live in the state to vote, that they could use a MA driver's license and that they could fill out a form if they had no ID. He said that's proof that voter fraud occurred. Established purely as a result of Donald Trump's fragile ego - in his pursuit to prove his belief that he would have won the popular vote if it weren't for "millions" of fraudulent voters - this group is essentially the voting rights equivalent of the "investigative team" that Trump put together to look into Barack Obama's birth certificate.

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New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner, who sits on the commission, told the Union Leader that the data didn't amount to proof of fraud and has suggested that the out-of-state licenses do have other possible explanations.

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. "I think we will find that within that 5,000, there will be many who did not comply with the law".

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 idea didn't impress Mr. Dunlap, who said harnessing the gun system to handle voter checks would be "a sterling example of the laws of unintended consequences".

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But others say this commission is simply here to appease the president. And so we needed to hear from the voters in addition to election administrators and other experts.

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