Heritage Told Trump to Keep 'Mainstream Republicans' Off Voter-Fraud Commission

Heritage Told Trump to Keep 'Mainstream Republicans' Off Voter-Fraud Commission

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.

Last year, the final count from the November presidential ballot showed that Democrat Hillary Clinton won almost three million more votes than Trump - 65,853,516 to 62,984,825.

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, a Democrat, said some voters have canceled their registrations or been hesitant to register since learning the group has asked state governments to provide data on individual voters. Who are those people?

Ultimately, Trump chose to name two Democratic secretaries of State to his "Bipartisan Presidential Commission on Election Integrity", along with an Obama-appointed commissioner of the Election Assistance Commission.

"Our election process must be secure, fair and transparent, yet Trump and Kobach are using their sham commission to spread the lie of rampant fraud as a Trojan Horse for voter suppression".

"There's your leap in the logic. The commission does not have the ability to do a Jedi mind trick on a state legislature and force them to adopt anything".

But ironically, the commission is probably doing more to undermine confidence than the rumor itself, with Kobach pushing conspiracy theories through a national megaphone. Even if it does make recommendations, he said, the commission can't force states to adopt them.

According to New York University School of Law's Brennan Center for Justice, Granite State courts have specifically ruled that you can be eligible to vote in the state without being required to get a driver's license there.

Privacy advocates have raised concerns about the information being collected in one central place, although the commission has said the detailed data will not be made public and will be destroyed when the commission is done with it. "If someone is domiciled in New Hampshire - and has a vehicle - then within 60 days, they need to obtain a driver's license". To be clear, there is no proof of widespread illegal voting or voter fraud in the 2016 election - or in any American election.

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.

"We often get complaints that there are out-of-state students voting, but it is legal in New Hampshire to have a MA driver's license or MA plates on your cars, and paying out-of-state tuition to the university, and still be eligible to vote because you are domiciled in New Hampshire, meaning you spend most of your nights here", he said.

Dunlap dismissed the idea, calling it a "sterling example of the laws of unintended consequences" that would widen the mission of the background check database, which he said was never meant to be used as an election tool.

Gardner said Kobach's column caused a "problem" by questioning whether last year's election was "real and valid". "I can't deal with the things I can't control, but as Secretary of State, I can make sure that whatever's under my supervision, is handled in a way that protects the rights and privacy of the people".

As we all know, with this president if something goes wrong or he failed at something it's always someone else's fault.

Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap, another Democrat on the election panel, said Kobach's argument about potential voter fraud is a stretch.

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

The meeting Agenda includes the panel of all white men working to take away the right to vote for millions of Americans. "Driving is a privilege", he said.

"Making this equation that somehow people not updating their driver's license is an indicator of voter fraud would be nearly as absurd as saying, 'If you have a cash in your wallet, you've robbed a bank, '" Dunlap told his fellow panelists meeting Kobach's assertions were made in a recent article in former Trump adviser Steve Bannon's Brietbart News, a white nationalist-aligned news outlet where he is now a paid columnist.


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