Gardner to Kobach: Election was 'real and valid'

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

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

These are state-by-state responses to a request for detailed voter data from President Donald Trump's Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, which is investigating voter fraud. Prior to his arrival, Kobach wrote on Breitbart (where he is a paid contributor) that "facts have come to light that indicate that a pivotal, close election was likely changed through voter fraud".

Just as the hearing got underway Tuesday morning, a judge with the Hillsborough County Superior Court South weighed in on another challenge to New Hampshire voting rights.

"The claim goes something like this: The commission will meet, then they'll recommend things like photo ID or some other election security measure, then the states will adopt them". "It may make recommendations, or I think at this point there's a high possibility the commission makes no recommendations and they just say, 'Here's the data".

Further damaging the commission's credibility is a newly released email, in which the conservative Heritage Foundation wrote to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, advising that the voter fraud commission should exclude Democrats and mainstream Republicans.

Kobach, the Kansas Secretary of State and a Republican candidate for governor, is the vice chair of the new presidential investigation into "voter integrity". "To register with an out-of-state license, you still have to prove that you hold domicile in the state - using a utility bill or lease, for example, or by signing an affidavit affirming you actually live where you're trying to vote". He said "appears" might have been the wrong word.

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.

Under state law, new residents have 60 days to get a New Hampshire driver's license.

Gardner says the group's ability to reach consensus is threatened by the partisan reaction it has evoked.

"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.

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

A laudable goal, obviously, but I fear that Secretary Gardner may be too optimistic about the context of the election commission. The implication there, of course, is that these voters somehow traveled to the state for the sole objective of voting in the election and thereby tipped the tight election to Hassan.

The testimony marked a departure for the commission, which was formed to look into fraud and barriers to voting, but which heard that a potentially greater threat to confidence in American elections is the chance for enemy actors to meddle.

Kobach, who to his credit spent 30 minutes answering questions, labeled as "bizarre" Democrats' claims that the commission's goal is voter suppression. "I will not hand over personal data on the almost four million Minnesotans who are registered to vote", he said in a statement.

Vice President Mike Pence, the commission's chairman, said in July that the commission had "no preconceived notions or preordained results". Jason Kander, the former Missouri secretary of state and head of the Let America Vote political action committee, was in New Hampshire in person Tuesday morning to protest the panel.

Bob Bauer, who served as White House counsel under President Barack Obama and on a commission on election administration created by Obama, called on von Spakovsky to resign in light of the views expressed in his email.

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

There have been isolated cases of voter fraud in the U.S. But there's no evidence of it being a widespread problem, as Trump suggests.

The New Hampshire chapters of the American Civil Liberties Union and the NAACP say they plan to call for the commission's dismantling.

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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