Illegal voters from MA may have won New Hampshire for Hillary

Saul Bowman
September 15, 2017

The vice chairman of President Trump's voter fraud commission says there is a "high possibility" that the panel will not make any recommendations after it wraps up its investigation. 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.

New Hampshire allows same-day voting for people (students, for example) who live in New Hampshire but don't have state IDs.

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, a Democrat, said some voters have canceled their registrations or been hesitant to register since learning the group has asked state governments to provide data on individual voters.

Before Tuesday's meeting, Democrats who agreed to serve on the panel had largely kept any reservations about its cast to themselves. The request, a massive invasion of privacy that was immediately challenged in court, should trouble fiercely independent Granite State voters.

"Our election process must be secure, fair, and transparent", said Dale Ho, director of the ACLU's Voting Rights Project, but Trump is using his "sham commission to spread the lie of rampant fraud as a Trojan Horse for voter suppression".

"There's your leap in the logic. The commission does not have the ability to do a Jedi mind trick on a state legislature and force them to adopt anything", said Kobach, the Republican secretary of state in Kansas.

The cost to voters is far greater than anything to be gained from collecting this data. When he won the electoral vote but lost the popular vote by almost 3 million votes, he claimed he would have won that, too, "if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally".

Privacy advocates have raised concerns about the information being collected in one central place, although the commission has said the detailed data will not be made public and will be destroyed when the commission is done with it. "Rather than hearing from experts in the field of election integrity, the commission gathered a panel of Trump loyalists who support severe voter restrictions".

"New Hampshire is the flawless 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.

He was referring to an op-ed that Kobach, the commission's vice chair, penned for Breitbart last week claiming he'd found "proof" that out-of-state voters had taken advantage of the state's same-day registration to cast illegal votes.

Thousands of same-day registrants, most from MA, illegally voted in the November 8 election in New Hampshire and tipped the state in Hillary Clinton's favor, voter integrity groups say, citing data released by New Hampshire officials.

"You questioned whether our election as we have recorded it is real and valid", Gardner said to Kobach, "and it is real and valid". "I think we will find that within that 5,000, there will be many who did not comply with the law".

As we all know, with this president if something goes wrong or he failed at something it's always someone else's fault.

We need to pay attention.

Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, one of the Democrats on the panel, backed up Gardner, calling Kobach's assertion that someone not updating their driver's license is proof of voter fraud "a reckless statement". This is the law that requires that citizens be able to register to vote at Departments of Motor Vehicles. Why? "This victory means that voters can exercise their most fundamental right to have a voice in our democracy without fear or intimidation'. Driving is a privilege", he said.

"Making this equation that somehow people not updating their driver's license is an indicator of voter fraud would be nearly as absurd as saying, 'If you have a cash in your wallet, you've robbed a bank, '" Dunlap told his fellow panelists meeting Kobach's assertions were made in a recent article in former Trump adviser Steve Bannon's Brietbart News, a white nationalist-aligned news outlet where he is now a paid columnist.

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