Howard Dean Threatens New Hampshire Primary Over Proposed Voter ID Restrictions

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Trump has said on Twitter that New Hampshire, which he lost to Clinton by fewer than 2,800 votes, and two other states had "serious voter fraud".

Panel topics include Historical Election Turnout Statistics, Current Election Integrity Issues Affecting Public Confidence, and a Primer on Electronic Voting Systems and Election Integrity.

Democrats have referred to the commission's request as a voter suppression tactic. Studies have repeatedly shown that illegal voting is very rare, and that voter impersonation is next to nonexistent. "Proof", he says, that 5,313 people who voted in New Hampshire in 2016 do not actually live in the state.

In his day job as Kansas' secretary of state, where he plays the "Javert of voter fraud", Kobach complains that the media's response to his efforts to safeguard America's elections is a dismissive, "Move along, there's nothing to see here". They registered, voted, then went back to their home states.

KRISTEN CLARKE: It's a commission that is about promoting this false and risky narrative that vote fraud is something that's widespread across our country, and we know that that's just not the case. But because of New Hampshire's lax election laws, Clarke and these non-resident voters didn't technically break the law. "There are many steps that Congress and states can take to make voting easier and expand citizen participation".

Trump trounced Clinton in the all-important Electoral College vote, 306 to 232, to win the presidency.

Thousands of college and university students, previously residents of other states, registered to vote in New Hampshire under a state law that explicitly approved presentation of out-of-state driving licenses as certified proof of their identity.

Kander said the commission was borne out of the president's claim that 3 to 5 million people voted illegally in the 2016 election, costing him the popular vote.

Members of the American Civil Liberties Union and the civil-rights group the NAACP said they will seek the dissolution of the voter fraud panel for the same reasons, that its alleged aim was voter suppression.

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A group in Kansas rallied to protest the panel's accusation of voter fraud.

"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.

"It is my honest hope and prayer that this Commission will focus on the real election issues facing the United States of America, including alleged "hacking" by the Russians, instead of spending precious time focusing on non-issues to deprive American citizens from voting", King, a Democrat, stated in a recent 5-page report to the panel.

The Election Integrity Commission "should be expanding the rights of our citizens to vote, instead of arguably looking for ways to keep people from voting", Alan L. King, an Alabama probate judge, wrote in a scathing open letter.

"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.

However, beginning last February when President Trump singled out New Hampshire - arguing that he would have won the state in the general election had there not been "bus loads" of out-of-state residents voting - there was momentum to create a panel to look into election laws.

Dunlap, former head of the Sportsman's Alliance of ME, also challenged a proposal from gun rights activist John Lott to apply the firearms background check system to voter registration. Guess what else? Election day is in November, when they would be at school.

Dunlap and Kobach said the second meeting was more "substantive" than the first.

Indeed, 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in her new book reportedly blames part of her election loss on voter ID laws that she said prevented her supporters from turning out at the polls.

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