More than 6,000 individuals registered to vote in New Hampshire on Election Day Nov. 8 using out-of-state driver’s licenses, but since then only about one-sixth of them have registered for an in-state drivers license.
Officials examining the disparity say that could indicate voter fraud, and if that’s true, then Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton improperly beat President Trump in that state:
Speaker of the New Hampshire House Shawn Jasper, a Republican, issued the findings on Thursday based on inquiries he made to the Department of State, which oversees elections, and the Department of Safety.
Since election days, Republicans have charged that a significant number of non-resident Democrats, principally from Massachusetts, flowed into New Hampshire to vote illegally, tilting close elections to their party. Mr. Jasper’s findings give credence, though not outright proof, to those allegations.
The numbers read this way:
6,540 people voted using out-of-state licenses
As of Aug. 30, 1014, about 15 percent had been issued N.H. driver’s licenses.
Of the remaining 5,526, only 3.3 percent had registered a motor vehicle in New Hampshire.
Over 80 percent, 5,313, who used non-N.H. driver’s licenses, had neither a state licenses nor had registered a motor vehicle.
There are 196 people today who are being investigated for voting illegally both in New Hampshire and in other states.Hillary Clinton defeated Donald Trump in News Hampshire by 2,736 votes. Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan defeated incumbent Republican Kelly Ayotte by 1,017 votes.
Hillary Clinton defeated Donald Trump in News Hampshire by 2,736 votes. Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan defeated incumbent Republican Kelly Ayotte by 1,017 votes.
Source: Washington Times
Why it’s on our radar: Alleged Russian attempts to interfere in the Nov. 8 election have been widely reported, debated, discussed, and examined. In fact, there are a number of investigations that are ongoing in and out of Congress. Far less has been discussed about the subject of voter fraud, except when it is to debunk President Trump’s persistent claims that “widespread voter fraud” in America exists.
Frankly, both of these allegations need to be fully, completely, and honestly investigated, because they are both threats to our democratic electoral process. While Moscow-based efforts to tamper with or influence U.S. democratic processes is nothing new and dates back to the Soviet Union, voter fraud really isn’t, either — it’s just been discussed a lot less. President Trump was widely mocked and criticized, mostly by the opposition party, for saying that voter fraud was responsible for his majority vote loss to Clinton. And while there is as of yet no proof to support his claim, there is hard data and anecdotal evidence to support it. At least two scientific surveys show that a larger number of non-citizens register and vote illegally in U.S. elections. One poll found that a large majority vote Democrat. And now we have the New Hampshire data, which again is anecdotal at present and not proof of voter fraud.
We may know more sooner rather than later. Shortly after he took office Trump formed a vote fraud committee headed by Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach to get to the bottom of it. Some states are cooperating with the commission and others are not; states are not under any legal obligation to do so and in fact some states have laws prohibiting disclosure of voter registration data to anyone, including the federal government. And while you would think all states would want to know whether or not their voter registration lists are up to date, whether real people are actually voting, and whether their own electoral process is being abused, that’s not the case. Some people with a political agenda are doing their best to thwart the Pence/Kobach commission because it is believed they are either trying to conceal the scope of the problem or they don’t want to expose a system that enables them to remain in power.
The American balloting process has been under assault for decades, first by Moscow and now by bad political actors. And now we know that at least in one state, the problem of voter fraud may have changed an outcome. We can’t allow that to continue, if true. Democracy is hard enough without someone in our own country trying to undermine it.
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