Kobach's unsubstantiated claim was refuted by other members of the commission, including New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner (D), who said what Kobach wrote "is that the question of whether our elections that we have recorded is real and valid". When he won the electoral vote but lost the popular vote by almost 3 million votes, he claimed he would have won that, too, "if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally".
Even the "illegal voting's a myth" media have to concede that it's possible- possible -.001 percent of the votes cast in that election were from voters who, like Fuller Clarke's out-of-state guests, became New Hampshirites for a day.
New Hampshire allows same-day voting for people (students, for example) who live in New Hampshire but don't have state IDs. America has a long and storied history of voter fraud, and a long-standing concern over the issue. He said it would have been easy to go vote in NY in place of those people. That myth followed other outrageously false statements from the president, including that he lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton only because "three to five million people" voted illegally.
Brian Tashman, political researcher and strategist for the ACLU, argues that Kobach's wild claims ahead of the commission's second official meeting are evidence that he is "getting desperate" after failing in his failed attempts to obtain state voter data.
Governor Chris Sununu said the same, telling Boston radio host Howie Carr "when MA elections are not very close, they're bussing them in all over the place" - though he later walked back the claim.
In the lead up to the commission's meeting in New Hampshire this Tuesday, Kris Kobach, the commission's chairman, penned an op-ed for Breitbart News in which he recycled a legend well known in MA and New Hampshire politics. "The Federal requirement for information on OR voters said, 'We would like to have whatever information you legally can disclose and that you give to anybody else, ' and they've committed to us that personal information will not be disclosed, so we just complied with the law while protecting the privacy of OR voters". "We have high-confidence indicators of potentially fraudulent voters and ineffective oversight in some states". Palmer, the former Virginia State Board of Elections secretary, similarly tried to hunt for supposed duplicate voting.
ME secretary of state and commission member Matthew Dunlap expressed concern in the meeting that using a system for background checks could create "unintended consequences". He blamed it on an "administrative error". 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. Another suggested using the same background checks required in gun purchases for voter registration. However, a court couldn't find any evidence of such misconduct. After reviewing years of elections in which billions of ballots were cast, the Heritage report found only 10 instances of in-person voter impersonation.
Also apparently true: Data given to the commission by the speaker of the state's House showed that 6,540 people registered to vote there on Election Day using an out-of-state ID.
The group feels Kobach is suppression voters.
This juxtaposition of fact (in Temple's ruling) and fiction (from Gardner and Kobach) highlights an important problem in the litigation of voting rights.
A laudable goal, obviously, but I fear that Secretary Gardner may be too optimistic about the context of the election commission.
FESSLER: Still, a federal judge has admonished the panel for not being more open. Back in June, Kobach offered a similar explanation in a lawsuit with the ACLU where he was sanctioned and fined $1,000 for misleading the court about a document he brought to a meeting with Trump, dismissing his wrongdoing as another "misunderstanding".
"Kobach has prosecuted people for making honest mistakes, all as part of his quest to justify voter suppression", Tashman notes.