In NH, Trump voter panel investigates fraud

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Donald Trump and Kris Kobach, Kansas secretary of state following their meeting with then president-elect at Trump International Golf Club, November 20, 2016 in Bedminster Township, New Jersey.

One of the commission members is Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap, who is convinced the panel's findings will prove the president wrong.

"New Hampshire people aren't accustomed to walking away or stepping down from their civic duty". Mr. Trump was ridiculed for insisting that Democrats used illicit votes to steal the election.

Yesterday, at the commission's public event in the Granite State, members of the panel clashed with Kobach over his attempts at public deception, and heard from a witness who's "proposing that voters literally undergo the same background check as those who are purchasing firearms".

He said hackers have myriad ways of attacking voting machines.

"Today's meeting makes it clear that the real objective of President Trump's sham voter commission is to the lay the foundation for voter suppression efforts", said Sewell stated in a press release Tuesday afternoon. 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". "Now it looks like they were back in Boston in time to watch the election returns that evening". Nor is it required that they transfer their driver's license to New Hampshire nor register their vehicle there.

It's a state where the president claims thousands of people were bussed in from MA to vote illegally.

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. Top New Hampshire Democrats have urged Gardner, a Democrat who has served more than four decades as secretary of state, to quit the commission.

The analysts didn't point to any specific election that they knew had been compromised, but they said hackers likely would leave fingerprints only if they wanted to be spotted and hurt confidence in the USA electoral system.

The incident illustrated one of the main problems the panel faces as it goes forward with its stated mission of finding ways to instill more public confidence in US elections: The voting process is complicated and data are hard to come by, a point several witnesses emphasized on Tuesday.

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Democrats have long complained that Republican-backed state laws - including voter ID laws, limitations on early voting, objecting to same-day voter registration and more - have a disproportionate impact on poorer voters, city dwellers and older voters who have no need to drive and college students.

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.

The former DNC chair has major concerns about the Kris Kobach-led effort and about a new law in New Hampshire that could restrict the student vote.

"It is my honest hope and prayer that this Commission will focus on the real election issues facing the United States of America, including alleged "hacking" by the Russians, instead of spending precious time focusing on non-issues to deprive American citizens from voting", King, a Democrat, stated in a recent 5-page report to the panel.

"A state with voter suppression ought not to be honored by the Democratic Party by having the first-in-the-nation primary, period", Dean said in an interview with The Daily Beast.

Kobach also said it's possible the commission will make no recommendations and just tell states "here's the data".

Kobach's claim was challenged in a New York Times editorial and a story in The Washington Post. "I think it's a reckless statement to make".

Rebuttals also came from within the commission itself, as a number of Democrats suggested the most important issue affecting elections nationwide involved voter suppression, not voter fraud. "The real threat to election integrity comes not from voter fraud, but from foreign meddling and cyberattacks". The statute requires voters who move to the state within 30 days of an election to provide proof that they intend to stay.

Dunlap dismissed the idea, calling it a "sterling example of the laws of unintended consequences" that would widen the mission of the background check database, which he said was never meant to be used as an election tool. State law allows people who live in the state but do not have New Hampshire driver's licenses to vote.