"New Hampshire is the flawless 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. This commission has no preconceived notions or preordained results.
"Some are questioning why I am here", Gardner said at the opening of the meeting Tuesday. "And it is real and valid".
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".
Oh, but wait just a second: It turns out that New Hampshire doesn't require people to be residents of the state to vote; they just have to be "domiciled" there, meaning that they live and spend most of their time there.
But the commission heard from several witnesses Tuesday that it's not always easy to find those facts, that voter data are limited and often incomplete, and that it's hard to know what accounts for the drop in participation in US elections since the 1960s.
And those laws, critics say, disproportionately suppress the vote of minorities, older people who no longer drive, college students, low-income people, those who are transient and more. As for the allegation that Russian Federation interfered in last year's election, King said that after an investigation: "It needs to be reported and it needs to be reported truthfully and the American people deserve to know".
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Kobach somewhat backed off his op-ed, saying he "struggled with the words - what verbs to use".
Kobach, an advocate of tougher voter identification, also said Clinton may have won New Hampshire due to illegal voting by non-residents.
More than 6,500 people using out-of-state driver's licenses registered to vote in New Hampshire on November 8.
Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap, another Democrat on the election panel, said Kobach's argument about potential voter fraud is a stretch.
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".
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The New Hampshire Supreme Court has upheld this interpretation. The request, a massive invasion of privacy that was immediately challenged in court, should trouble fiercely independent Granite State voters. "I can't deal with the things I can't control, but as Secretary of State, I can make sure that whatever's under my supervision, is handled in a way that protects the rights and privacy of the people". He needs to consider that prior to all the facts being gathered and pondered in with due process, Kris Kobach, the commission's co-chairman, has published an article stating his personal interpretation of just some of the facts.
Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon, a Democrat, announced he would not share the data with Trump's commission. "What we've discovered, as we've done some of these exact same inquiries that you do, is that people check off the wrong box, they make a mistake, the clerk gets confused".
The New Hampshire chapters of the American Civil Liberties Union and the NAACP say they plan to call for the commission's dismantling. "And I will not, either".
The biggest problem with that argument is that it ignored a significant voting bloc - college students.
Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez lambasted the panel on a conference call. 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.
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