New Hampshire Democrat defends role on Trump voting commission


The commission has operated in a secretive manner and sought information about voters from states that is clearly protected.

Reckless, he said, because of New Hampshire's residency requirement. Here's NPR's Pam Fessler.

Gardner did not resign, but he did use Tuesday's commission meeting as an opportunity to publicly chide Kobach for his article. The fact that Heritage thinks it would have been perfectly appropriate for the president to let a panel composed entirely of conservative Republicans dictate voting reforms illustrates how instinctively authoritarian some corners of the conservative movement have become.

The results of Trump's voting commission are preordained.

That commission, chaired by Vice President Mike Pence and the discredited Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, quickly assembled a team of voter suppression all-stars to pursue the administration's assault on the right to vote in America. In 2008, that number reached 44 percent, due in part to the scandal surrounding a self-styled "community activist" group called ACORN that was committing widespread voter registration fraud.

"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.

MATTHEW DUNLAP: It's wrong (laughter).

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

After all, if a person does not accept that mass voter fraud is a reality in the United States, it would pretty hard to marshal evidence to convince her otherwise: A five-year investigation into voter fraud by the George W. Bush administration turned up exactly 26 instances of the phenomenon; a November 2014 study turned up virtually no evidence of in-person voter fraud; and research conducted by the Brennan Center for Justice that same year uncovered 31 credible allegations of voter fraud for every 1 billion votes cast - a fraction of the number of legal citizens who were denied the right to vote for lacking proper identification during the same time period.

"The idea was to scare these kids into not participating", Dunlap said.

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FESSLER: Still, the issue will likely take center stage tomorrow. Last week, Kobach announced that his commission had discovered evidence that a real U.S. Senate election had been swung by thousands of illegal votes in New Hampshire.

The Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity is meeting Tuesday in New Hampshire and has spurred controversy since it was established in May. Kobach also said it's possible the commission will make no recommendations and just tell states "here's the data".

Project Vertitas said, "in nearly every case, saying a dead person's name, we were handed a ballot to cast a vote". "It seems clear that someone so inflexibly committed to his position on voting fraud, and so contemptuous of opposing views, is a poor choice for membership on a fact-finding commission - even this one".

VON SPAKOVSKY: All the lawsuits that have been filed are frivolous lawsuits.

A half-dozen legal challenges have been filed against the commission, which already has had to apologize for not being more transparent in its obligations under open-records laws.

If you can stand to watch it, the live stream of today's meeting is available here. Room at tomorrow's meeting is also limited, and there's no time on the agenda for public comment.

"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.

"The main goal is to point out that in Kansas, we've had voter restrictions, voter confusion". We want our election system to be free, fair and accessible to all eligible voters.

FESSLER: So that's what the commission did. And then the commission took testimony from John Lott, a gun rights advocate, the founder of the Crime Prevention Research Center, and the author of dubious - and largely debunked - studies that concluded more guns leads to more safety.