Vote fraud claims again fall flat

Exclusive – Kobach: It Appears That Out-of-State Voters Changed the Outcome of the New Hampshire US Senate Race

That experience prompted Dunlap to call foul on Kobach's fraud claims in the Granite State.

In the presidential race, Clinton defeated Donald Trump in New Hampshire by 2,736 votes. Kobach also said it's possible the commission will make no recommendations and just tell states "here's the data".

Republican Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach paused Tuesday's commission meeting to clarify his recent comments on statistics about people who registered to vote in New Hampshire using out-of-state driver's licenses.

After all, if a person does not accept that mass voter fraud is a reality in the United States, it would pretty hard to marshal evidence to convince her otherwise: A five-year investigation into voter fraud by the George W. Bush administration turned up exactly 26 instances of the phenomenon; a November 2014 study turned up virtually no evidence of in-person voter fraud; and research conducted by the Brennan Center for Justice that same year uncovered 31 credible allegations of voter fraud for every 1 billion votes cast - a fraction of the number of legal citizens who were denied the right to vote for lacking proper identification during the same time period.

"I am deeply concerned that falsehoods about illegal voting are being spread as a pretext for restricting access to the ballot box", New Hampshire Democratic Sen. He said "appears" might have been the wrong word.

However, Kobach said there's still uncertainty surrounding the outcome of the election and more than 5,000 votes cast by people who registered with an out-of-state driver's license.

This leads to a major problem ... because state law permits drivers to take up to 60 days to establish a residence in New Hampshire after obtaining a license.

"The specter of extreme political partisanship already threatens our ability to reach a consensus", Gardner said.

"6,540 people registered and voted on November 8, based on presenting out-of-state licenses, [but] as of August 30, about 15 percent (1,014 of the voters) had been issued New Hampshire driver's licenses", The Washington Times reported.

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We would like to believe that this foolishness will mark the beginning of the end of the commission on electoral integrity. "We are not having voter fraud", said Jane Byrnes, organizer.

However, in reporting on Tuesday's hearing, The Atlantic's Vann R. Newkirk II cited data from the Government Accountability Office, claiming "three of five studies to meet its standard of rigor showed that voter-ID laws specifically decreased turnout of people of color relative to whites". "When lawful permanent residents were informed that they were not authorized to vote in the national election, many claimed they were not aware", he said.

Since its formation, the commission has been accused of skirting open-government laws; it has publicly released personal details such as street and email addresses of citizens who contacted it, nearly always to complain; and generated a fierce backlash when it asked state election officials to turn over data on every voter in the United States.

Vice President Mike Pence, the commission's chairman, said in July that the commission had "no preconceived notions or preordained results". "In so doing, the commission has made clear that they do not represent the diverse voices of Americans who care about voting but is instead focused on providing a platform for the extremist views of those who support voter suppression".

In response to questions about the difference between domicile and residency in New Hampshire, Smith explained that state courts have ruled that domicile, not residency, determines voting rights.

The Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity has spurred controversy since it was established in May.

Despite the GOP's insistence that voter fraud is a real epidemic, there has been no evidence that voter fraud happens with any sort of regularity, much less en masse. New Hampshire people aren't accustomed to walking away or stepping down from their civic duty.

But Dunlap eviscerated Kobach's claims during the commission meeting.

Gardner is the nation's longest-serving secretary of state and has been re-elected by Democratic and Republican legislatures, largely due to his advocacy for keeping the state's primary first in the presidential nominating process.

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