Kobach's Latest Ridiculous 'Proof' of Voter Fraud

Geneva Matthews
September 15, 2017

President Donald Trump's commission on voter fraud is scheduled to hold its second public meeting Tuesday in New Hampshire.

Still, several members of the commission - including Kobach - have argued that voter fraud is a serious problem that undermines public confidence. The first four it reached identified themselves as college students who lived in New Hampshire in November.

Kobach added yesterday that there's a "high possibility" the commission he helps lead will make no recommendations once it completes its work.

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.

Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap blasted the vice chairman of President Donald Trump's election fraud commission for claiming there's proof that thousands of illegal votes were cast in New Hampshire a year ago. When he won the electoral vote but lost the popular vote by almost 3 million votes, he claimed he would have won that, too, "if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally".

"New Hampshire faces risks that other states don't face and I applaud the Legislature for attempting to address those risks", said Kobach, alluding to the state's same-day registration option.

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.

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. "And it is real and valid". Gardner, a Democrat, declined, saying Tuesday at the meeting that "New Hampshire people aren't accustomed to walking away or stepping down from their civic duty, and I will not either". To be clear, there is no proof of widespread illegal voting or voter fraud in the 2016 election - or in any American election.

Democratic California Secretary of State Alex Padilla says he's disappointed but not surprised that the panel won't hear any testimony from women or people of color.

Bob Bauer, who served as former President Barack Obama's White House counsel from 2009-2011 and co-chaired a previous presidential commission on elections, said von Spakovsky should resign.

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.

Some, particularly Democrats, have been critical of the commission, claiming that the President formed it to bolster his claims that if not for voter fraud he would have won the popular vote during November's general election.

"Having worked before on a campaign in New Hampshire, I can tell you that this issue of busing voters into New Hampshire is widely known by anyone who's worked in New Hampshire politics", Miller told ABC News back in February.

Vice President Mike Pence, the commission's chairman, said in July that the commission had "no preconceived notions or preordained results". "In addition, Minnesotans who registered to vote never thought their personal data would end up in some federal database".

So if those 6,540 voters were bona fide New Hampshire residents, they would get their driver's license no later than January 7, 2017.

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. In 2005, as the department was considering whether to approve Georgia's strict voter ID law under the Voting Rights Act, von Spakovsky published a law article praising voter ID laws under the pseudonym "Publius". Gardner, a Democrat and the host of the meeting Tuesday, refused to do so, and said the state's two senators and two representatives were being hypocritical.

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