Democrats introduce amendment to defund Trump's voting fraud commission

Posted September 14, 2017

Alan King, the lone Alabama representative on President Donald Trump's Election Integrity Commission, couldn't attend the panel's meeting Tuesday in New Hampshire.

It's no surprise that the right wing media, from Drudge to the Worldnetdaily to the Moonie Times, jumped all over Kris Kobach's utterly asinine "proof" of voter fraud in New Hampshire because a few thousand college students voted there while having an out-of-state drivers license (shocker!). Mr. Trump himself lost New Hampshire by under 3,000 votes. Kobach was once in trouble for claiming a dead voter had cast a ballot, despite the fact he was very much alive. Studies have repeatedly shown that illegal voting is very rare, and that voter impersonation is next to nonexistent.

Kobach said he had uncovered proof that 5,313 people who voted in New Hampshire do not live in the state.

A vivid example of the right-wing hegemony in the Trump Administration will be on display today, when the Presidential Advisory Commission on Voter Integrity convenes for the second time.

- Focus every available American resource on the alleged Russian hacking of the 2016 election.

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. "If they choose to hold their primary [before anyone else], you can strip the state of any delegates so that no delegates are awarded and you can sanction candidates who are running there".

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The specter of "voter fraud" has served as the Republican boogeyman for any election result that the party simply doesn't like. So if Kobach wants to find what's undermining voters' confidence in voting, he need only look in a mirror.

The real-estate magnate won the White House in a vote by the Electoral College, the body established under the Constitution that formally selects the US president.The Electoral College vote usually mirrors the outcome of the USA popular vote, but not always.

Locally, the biggest story for days has been the mounting pressure on Secretary of State Bill Gardner of New Hampshire to end his participation on the commission.

"I am deeply concerned that falsehoods about illegal voting are being spread as a pretext for restricting access to the ballot box", Shaheen said.

The head of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law said Tuesday her group felt that was clearly the case: The presidential panel "lacked diversity, facts, or actual solutions to support our democracy and combat voting discrimination, that we know prevents racial minorities from voting", Kristen Clarke said.

"New Hampshire is the ideal place for our first substantive meeting", said Kobach, whose visit to the state comes on the heels of statements he made questioning the validity of recent New Hampshire elections.

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"What I'm saying is that the arguments Kobach presents about fraud in New Hampshire - and I recognize the significance of what I'm about to write - should have been too far afield even for Breitbart", writes Washington Post's Phillip Bump.

His evidence - state data showing that 5,313 people with out-of-state driver's licenses registered to vote on Election Day, but did not apply later for New Hampshire licenses - was widely derided by voting-rights advocates, who said the bulk of those registrations likely were by out-of-state college students.

There are legitimate questions about the November election's integrity. There may be instances on both sides (Republican and Democrats) where "overzealous" voters wish to vote twice, King stated, "But, I would venture to say, thousands upon thousands more people are stricken from voter rolls without justifiable cause or have their vote suppressed".

"There is utterly no connectivity between motor vehicle law and election law", Dunlap said.

Since 2013, proof of citizenship is required for voter registration.

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