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Trump's Voter Fraud Panel Unlikely to Recommend Reforms

15 September 2017

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. Democrats, meanwhile, warned that the meeting was created to justify a later push for new, restrictive voting laws.

"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". Even if it does make recommendations, he said, the commission can't force states to adopt them.

Over and over again, Mr. Kobach and others who claim rampant voter fraud in US elections ignore facts, make sweeping generalizations and come to conclusions that simply aren't justified.

FESSLER: But just last week, the commission's vice chair, another Republican, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, seemed to contradict him. "We're heading down that path to disenfranchise segments of our society and say to them you're not good enough to vote". Under New Hampshire law, it's perfectly acceptable for someone attending school in New Hampshire to vote in elections because they live most of the year there. Kobach had said "it appears" that's why Democrat Maggie Hassan won her U.S. Senate seat in November.

Though a few Democrats were named to the commission, it was stacked with conservative Republicans like Kobach, von Spakovsky, former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell, and former Justice Department attorney J. Christian Adams, who have a long history of exaggerating the threat of voter fraud and recommending policies that restrict access to the ballot.

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The voter registration process in the Granite State is viewed as problematic by New Hampshire Speaker of the House Shawn Jasper, who says that with his state's same-day registration - along with the fact that new residents are allowed two months to get state license - an overwhelming majority of those who registered to vote on Election day have still not officially done so yet, according to Townhall.

When the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity was established four months ago, Kobach asked authorities in every US state to turn over complete records of everyone who voted in those jurisdictions, with full personal details - a demand that was immediately rejected by the states, nearly unanimously.Complaints and concerns that states used to justify their refusal to cooperate with Kobach's investigators included the threat of computer hacks, and equally widespread concerns about the federal government amassing too much personal information in one database. 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".

Hans von Spakovsky, senior legal fellow at the Heritage Foundation, sits on the "Current Election Integrity Issues Affecting Public Confidence" panel, (as well as the Commission) during the second meeting of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College on September 12, 2017 in Goffstown, New Hampshire. Already, the commission's unofficial leader has warmed up for the session by suggesting that the election in November of Sen.

And he singled out New Hampshire as one of three states with "serious voter fraud".

A spokesman for the commission didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

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The group worries the same barriers they've experienced trying to vote in Kansas could spread nationwide with Kobach's position on the national Election Integrity Commission. It proves the state can not threaten people with criminal prosecution for merely registering to vote.

Yesterday, New Hampshire, which has seen more than its share of hucksters over the years, welcomed another carnival barker.

The Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity has spurred controversy since it was established in May. State law doesn't contain any provisions for waiving the fee, he said.

Kobach, by the way, said he anticipated that the commission will hold four more meetings by next spring.

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Trump's Voter Fraud Panel Unlikely to Recommend Reforms