Democrat defends involvement in Trump voting commission

Trevor Jackson
September 14, 2017

The panel held its second meeting to investigate the President's unsubstantiated claims of widespread voter fraud in the 2016 elections.

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!).

CNN's reporting on President Trump's voter fraud commission focused on the fact that only "white men" were scheduled to give presentations. Studies have repeatedly shown that illegal voting is very rare, and that voter impersonation is next to nonexistent.

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. After reviewing years of elections in which billions of ballots were cast, the Heritage report found only 10 instances of in-person voter impersonation.

Wonder how Mr. Bissonnette will spin the news about those 5,526 out-of-state voters who never bothered to get New Hampshire driver's licenses?

6,540 people registered and voted on November 8, based on presenting out-of-state licenses. It's nearly as if widespread voter fraud is a myth. After all, he reasoned, New Hampshire is surrounded by states that lean Democratic, so these alleged fraudulent voters likely backed Ms. Hassan.

"I don't want to deprive anyone or put any obstacle in front of any American to keep them from exercising the franchise", he said.

Ken Block, president of Simpatico Software Systems, said his firm checked records from states that released names and birthdates of voters, ran those through a couple of more screens and came up with an estimate for the whole nation.

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"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.

J. Christian Adams, the Public Interest Legal Foundation general counsel who will appear Tuesday, said the organization found 616 instances in New Jersey in which an undocumented immigrant - most of whom had been up-front about their citizenship status - had been allowed to register to vote.

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.

But experts said that is no evidence of voter fraud. The law, Temple wrote, imposed "severe restrictions on the right to vote".

"What I'm saying is that the arguments Kobach presents about fraud in New Hampshire - and I recognize the significance of what I'm about to write - should have been too far afield even for Breitbart", writes Washington Post's Phillip Bump.

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.

On this episode of The Exchange, we take a look at the continuing debate over SB 3, dive into the data behind those unproven fraud claims, and let listeners weigh in with thoughts and questions about the integrity of New Hampshire's election process.

"I do think that whatever happened in November either in Maine or New Hampshire, we've certified those elections and I think people should trust those elections", Dunlap added. With the growing threat of systemic hacking, along with gerrymandering, voter suppression, and ballot access challenges, which limit Americans' ability to cast their votes, there are some very real issues that threaten our elections and our democracy that need attention. To address this nonissue, Republican state legislatures have passed dozens of photo ID requirements potentially disenfranchising millions of voters.

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