Trump's voter fraud commission has contentious meeting in New Hampshire

15 September, 2017, 00:44 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan takes the stage to thank supporters with her husband Tom daughter Meg and family friend Liz Murphy

"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.

That did not sit well with another commission member, New Hampshire's longtime secretary of state, Democrat Bill Gardner, who happened to be the host of Tuesday's commission meeting.

"If they are picking mainstream Republican officials and/or academics to man this commission it will be an abject failure because there aren't any that know anything about this or who have paid any attention to this issue over the years", the email says. This isn't an investigation, it's a kangaroo court that has put our access to the ballot box on trial.

Gizmodo reported late Tuesday that commission member Hans von Spakovsky of the conservative think tank The Heritage Foundation was the author of the email. Those advocates say a bigger issue is voter suppression.

The commission has been steeped in controversy since its inception for spreading falsehoods about the prevalence of voter fraud, requesting the voter data of every American, and allegedly violating numerous federal laws.

"The moment we start playing around with voting and we let certain people dictate who gets to vote is the moment that this nation is in trouble and we are heading down that path right now", King said.

King was at a technology conference for probate judges in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Tuesday. They have not been able to publicly provide any definitive proof that such widespread fraud occurred.

Lott seems to believe this would enable authorities to review criminal history and immigration status, if someone renounced American citizenship and just to "check if the right people are voting". New voters are registered easily and happily. "States do not have money".

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In a statement on Wednesday, von Spakovsky said he had never discussed the commission with Sessions. If they forgot to bring such proof, they can still register, but they must submit the necessary documentation no more than 10 days after the election. It saves time - eliminating long lines - and is more accurate, King said.

Voters who have no domicile documentation face different hurdles. The Justice Department said the two requests were unrelated. Not one proven case exists of nonresidents voting in that election.

Because of the cost, however, it may take some time before smaller counties will get that technology, King said.

Republican Kris Kobach's comments came amid growing criticism from Democrats that the commission is bent on encouraging voter suppression.

- Reaffirm and enact legislation that sets out that each individual state is responsible for conducting their elections.

Critics assailed the notion that guidelines created to prevent unsafe or unstable people from purchasing a gun should be used to determine who may vote.

- Enact federal legislation that any candidate or person cooperating with a foreign government, in connection with an USA election, be prosecuted for treason.

Said Sen. Regina Birdsell, R-Hampstead, chair of the Senate Election Law and Internal Affairs Committee, "I am satisfied with the outcome of the preliminary ruling on SB 3 and want to thank the Attorney General's office for their dedication and hard work on this case so far".

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The commission has made other missteps as well.

Democrats and many voting rights activists - about 50 of whom protested outside the meeting - have called the commission a "sham".

The President's Advisory Commission is collecting information from each state in an attempt to compile statistics on alleged Voter Fraud. The League of Women Voters has serious questions about the legality of releasing this personal information.

- Engage independent "hacking" experts and have them report to the commission.

The 2016 election brought the claim back to life.

"All the commission is doing is collecting data", he added.

"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.

King gave an example of 340,000 voters being stricken from active voting rolls in the past few months basted on a mailing that was returned as undeliverable. "No prosecution would move forward unless you had something confirming that".

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