Trump's Voter Commission Meets Amid Concerns About Mission

Posted September 14, 2017

Riding from O'Hare to the office for the first time, we passed several cemeteries with razor wire across the tops of their stone walls. The agenda of this commission is part of a wider effort to suppress the vote, keep certain politicians in power and undermine our elections by spreading falsehoods about or elections system. There are dead people on registration rolls.

In the days ahead of the commission's meeting Tuesday at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, Trump-appointed vice chair Kris Kobach repeated the president's fraud claims in a column for Breitbart. America has a long and storied history of voter fraud, and a long-standing concern over the issue.

"They have invoked unsubstantiated claims of widespread voter fraud in order to argue for the necessity of a commission to prove that voter fraud exists".

By ignoring these much larger threats and focusing instead on unproven campaign gossip, the commission is missing an opportunity to reassure voters that our elections are fair and protected.

The anecdotes run counter to prevailing wisdom among many academics and voting rights advocates that voter fraud doesn't happen or is too infrequent to deserve study. But that didn't stop Trump from creating a sham commission to try to justify the unjustifiable. And critics reply, "What problem?" Since the election, the vast majority of them have not obtained a New Hampshire license or registered a motor vehicle.

So the truth isn't out there? Specifically, the think-tank staffer suggested that they appoint the real experts who work at the Heritage Foundation.

In 2008, comedian Al Franken became a USA senator by a margin of just 312 votes.

"One of the things that's important is looking at the issue of double voting", he said.

That's not an indictment of Al Franken.

The Pence-Kobach commission should be immediately disbanded.

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.

Maine Secretary of State Dunlap summed up the testimony this way: "The question appears to be, where is your pillow?" The only way the right can swing elections their way is through draconian voter ID laws, limiting the number of polling stations and machines in areas where voters support progressive policies and gerrymandering. It will inevitably seek to impose measures that will have the effect of erecting barriers to voting for poor people, who generally vote Democratic. Not surprisingly, Republicans think they know.

The state's laws allow a persons to be domiciled in New Hampshire for voting purposes and still be a resident of another state for driver's licensing purposes.

"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 commission then alarmed state officials by requesting detailed information about every voter in the United States. Mark Annotti, a deportation officer at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said he has encountered thousands of immigrants during his service in Boston and Florida and regularly asks them whom they voted for in the latest election.

So if those 6,540 voters were bona fide New Hampshire residents, they would get their driver's license no later than January 7, 2017.

That law may be affecting the outcomes of some races.

Indeed, Hassan's victory margin was even narrower - about 1,017 votes out of more than 700,000 cast. Mr. Trump himself lost New Hampshire by under 3,000 votes.

The League of Women Voters of the Austin Area is dedicated to ensuring that all eligible voters - particularly those from traditionally underrepresented or underserved communities, including first-time voters, noncollege youth, new citizens, communities of color, the elderly and low-income Americans - have the opportunity and the information to exercise their right to vote. This isn't an investigation, it's a kangaroo court that has put our access to the ballot box on trial.