Voter panel may make no recommendations

Sep 14, 2017, 01:10
Voter panel may make no recommendations

"New Hampshire faces risks that other states don't face and I applaud the Legislature for attempting to address those risks", said Kobach, alluding to the state's same-day registration option. Rock the Vote has come out strongly against the Commission's attacks on young voters.

That's a problem, the panel's critics say, because the day's lineup appears created to fuel many commission members' desire for restrictive voting laws - including voter identification requirements, strict limitations on same-day voter registration and more.

Kobach, the Kansas Secretary of State and a Republican candidate for governor, is the vice chair of the new presidential investigation into "voter integrity".

In an op-ed in Breitbart News last week, Kobach charged that the senate race, won by Democrat Maggie Hassan, was "stolen through voter fraud" because of the participation of voters with out-of-state licenses.

CNN ran a story Tuesday titled, "12 white men - and no minorities - to testify at Trump voter commission meeting".

Maybe Americans are a little paranoid about the ballot box. He said it was "possible" that Hillary Clinton's narrow victory in the state was the result of illegal voting, too.

Instead of looking for ways to restrict the vote, which is the unspoken mission of the commission, we should be looking for ways to expand the vote.

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"I have seen the GOP voter suppression playbook up close", Kander explained.

Kobach's decision to write as a paid columnist for Breitbart, which Bannon called "the platform for the Alt-Right", is raising questions of its own: George W. Bush's ethics lawyer Richard Palmer told The Huffington Post that Kobach could be in violation of federal conflict of interest statutes by "getting paid by somebody to write about your official duties".

In 2014 and 2016, the state attorney general, Democrat Joe Foster, issued a memo to local election officials warning them that they were not to turn away anyone who wanted to vote.

"Some of us learned that it's easy to vote in other states".

"The specter of extreme political partisanship already threatens our ability to reach a consensus", Gardner said.

Many people, for various reasons, choose not to go to the DMV to get a new license upon moving to a new state, most commonly, college students from out-of-state who live on campus and don't drive. "States do not have money. I think we will find that within that 5,000, there will be many who did not comply with the law". The theory, which has been hawked by Trump himself, is that these voters sneaked over the border - or were even bused in! - from neighboring Democratic strongholds like MA or Vermont, in a huge conspiracy to swing the election. It saves time - eliminating long lines - and is more accurate, King said. Who benefits when a group of ineligible-but-trending-heavily-Democrat people become registered voters?

"You don't judge a book by its cover", he said.

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

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

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

"People tend to be law-abiding", he said.

- Enact a law that makes it a felony to hack to a person or organization to "hack" any voting machine, system or e-poll book or other voting apparatus.

Project Veritas operatives, who took hidden cameras to New Hampshire for the 2016 February primary, was told by poll workers that they did not need to live in the state to vote, that they could use a MA driver's license and that they could fill out a form if they had no ID.

The 2016 election brought the claim back to life. The majority of the comments are from a mass campaign by Common Cause, an election advocacy group that is letting users send form letters complaining about the panel's activities.

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