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.
Commission Chair Kris Kobach is the Kansas Secretary of State and also the man who designed Crosscheck, the voter purge program that has erroneously removed hundreds of thousands from the voter rolls.
The New Hampshire-Massachusetts border is a mere 40-minute drive for civic-minded progressives in Boston.
"That's what the Russian government did before the 2016 election".
Vermont is one of a handful of states that has implemented both same-day voter registration and automatic voter registration when a person get a driver's license.
The rally was organized by the ACLU, NAACP and Let America Vote, a group led by Jason Kander, the former Missouri secretary of state. He believes there was widespread voter fraud in the last election, including in the town he represents, Londonderry. The other 5,526 individuals never obtained a New Hampshire driver's license. It will inevitably seek to impose measures that will have the effect of erecting barriers to voting for poor people, who generally vote Democratic.
The real-estate magnate won the White House in a vote by the Electoral College, the body established under the Constitution that formally selects the US president.The Electoral College vote usually mirrors the outcome of the USA popular vote, but not always. New Hampshire does not require people to be "residents" to register and vote, so temporary New Hampshire dwellers like college students can legally use their current domicile in order to cast a ballot.
Rather than admit his obvious biases, Kobach carps that "the mainstream media has ignored the problem of voter fraud and belittled those of us who are trying to do something about it". He is also a paid columnist for Breitbart, recently alleging that thousands of out-of-state voters cast ballots in New Hampshire, tipping the 2016 results to Hillary Clinton.
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"Democrats have always been concerned about voter suppression, but they have long lauded the background check system on guns", Lott said. "To purposely come up with ways to deprive am citizens the right to vote is wrong", King said in an interview with AL.com on Tuesday.
Ken Block, a researcher for ex-White House Chief Strategist Stephen Bannon's watchdog group, the Government Accountability Institute, shared with the commission a study he conducted that claims there were almost 40,000 instances of double-voting in last year's election.
That suggestion generated some tough questioning from commission members, including Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap.
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.
Some groups that saw an ideological motive in the Trump commission's work said they suspected it was trying to make voting more hard in many jurisdictions, and thus to discourage members of racial, ethnic or political minorities from casting their ballots - a process known as voter suppression.
When the conservative investigative group Project Veritas planted hidden cameras to record what went on during New Hampshire's 2016 primary, it discovered some disturbing information.
There are legitimate questions about the November election's integrity.
The commission will hold its second meeting on Tuesday in New Hampshire. Gardner said he did not necessarily favor imposing new qualifications for registering and voting, but he added that when burdens such as poll taxes and literacy tests were imposed on citizens and registering often required a trip to the local courthouse, voter turnout was far higher than it is now.