Kris Kobach Claims Voter Fraud in New Hampshire

The specter of “voter fraud” has served as the Republican boogeyman for any election result that the party simply doesn’t like. It has been used to justify discriminatory voter ID laws, to block same-day voter registration and vote-by-mail proposals and to explain how Donald Trump managed to win the electoral college while losing the popular vote by millions during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Despite the GOP’s insistence that voter fraud is a real epidemic, there has been no evidence that voter fraud happens with any sort of regularity, much less en masse. Unless, of course, you ask Kris Kobach.

Kobach, the Kansas Secretary of State and a Republican candidate for governor, is the vice chair of the new presidential investigation into “voter integrity.” And Kobach is positive he has found the smoking gun on election fraud — that illusive “proof” that shows this hasn’t all been tilting at windmills.

Plus, not only has Kobach supposedly found proof, but it turns out that this massive fraudulent voting binge likely changed the outcome of a key senate race, allowing a Democrat to oust a Republican.

Kobach claims that over 5,000 New Hampshire voters who used same-day voting registration were actually out-of-state residents who sneaked in to oust GOP Senator Kelly Ayotte instead.

“If those 6,540 voters were bona fide New Hampshire residents, they would get their driver’s license no later than January 7, 2017. However, the numbers tell a very different story,” Kobach wrote in an exclusive column for Brietbart News. “It turns out that, as of August 30, 2017 – nearly ten months after the election – only 1,014 of the 6,540 same-day registrants who registered with an out-of-state license had obtained a New Hampshire driver’s license. The other 5,526 individuals never obtained a New Hampshire driver’s license. And, of those 5,526, only 213 registered a vehicle in New Hampshire.”

Kobach calls the out-of-state voters ”proof.” But the more plausible explanation is that a number of those individuals either just moved to New Hampshire and never got cars, or came to the state for college — and they showed out in droves to vote.

“There are reasons why someone might legitimately register to vote with an out-of-state license – most obviously, they could have moved to the state recently or could be attending college here. (The state makes clear that out-of-state students attending college in New Hampshire are allowed to vote here, as long as they aren’t also voting in another state.),” New Hampshire Public Radio explained in February when these allegations were first raised by conservatives. “To register with an out-of-state license, you still have to prove that you hold domicile in the state – using a utility bill or lease, for example, or by signing an affidavit affirming you actually live where you’re trying to vote.”

Pudits are unimpressed by this politicized attempt to weaponize non-existent voter fraud. “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. ”They are unquestionably too flawed for someone with the authority that President Trump has bestowed upon him.”

In fact, it seems far more likely that when it comes to any sort of wrongdoing, the real culprit is Kobach. He is not only misleading the public, but also appears to be violating ethics by writing for Breitbart in the first place.

“Richard Painter, a former ethics lawyer in the George W. Bush White House, said Kobach could be in trouble under federal law if he gave interviews or wrote about the commission’s work while also getting paid by Breitbart,” reports Huffington Post. “‘If you’re getting paid by somebody to write about your official duties, that seems to me a clear problem under the conflict of interest statute,’ he told HuffPost.”

GOP politicians potentially breaking the law in order to accuse others — presumably Democrats — of fraud? So much for the party of law and order.

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49 comments

Regus Slantei
Regus Slantei11 hours ago

Dan,

I read your link. And as with the GREAT MAJORITY of the links you put in your posts here on Care2, without some fanciful analytical gymnastics, the information does **NOT** support your vapid claims. I have confronted this kind of intellectually dishonest behavior from you many times before on Care2 threads....with absolutely no response from you. I can only assume that having publicly called you out on your intellectually dishonest behavior, you had no defense and ran away with your tail between your legs. And so it goes with your behavior here.

Way many more people have their votes disenfranchised by there being NO votes cast in the first place due to political shenanigans than from disenfranchisement by individual voter fraud.

You use your examples of individual voter fraud as emotional exaggerations in the service of partisan politics: they are WEAK and incredibly INFREQUENT -- despite enforcement of already existing laws and significant investment into ongoing research and investigation into individual voter fraud!

Your EQUIVOCATION on this and every other topic here on Care2 is every bit as immorally disingenuous as your Bronze-Hued $hitbibbon's attempt to equate the behavior and Cause of murderous white supremacists with those who protest against such immoral and unAmerican activities.

Pathetic.

Cletus

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Mary B
Mary B5 days ago

Dan B, you're missing the point. It doesn't matter how much 'voter fraud' there actually is. That is a smoke screen and detouring tactic to avoid the very real issue of gerrymandering, hacked machines, lost ballots, etc. The half truths and out right lies spread during campaigns must be made illegal and anybody caught doing it must make public statements correcting their falsehoods. And OF COURSE all parties presently do this and it has little to do with sides, it has to do with the emotional maturity and personal integrity of the campaign managers. Any little pip squeak fool can come up with stuff to cause fights and put on a big show, but if you have ADULTS who are genuinely promoting the well being of the ordinary people, our environment, and economic justice, then the true ideologies of the parties come into play. And so far I haven't seen anything from the right side that is worth bothering with. We The People just ARE NOT clamoring for no healthcare,lower wages,pollution of air water and soil, end of public education , or the social safety net .

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Dan B
Dan Blossfeld5 days ago

Aaron F.,
Good one. Some people just cannot accept that others would vote for someone else. Funny how it is always the other guys who is engaged in fraud. History shows that politicians (and their cronies) from all realms have engaged in fraud.

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Joan E
Joan E7 days ago

Getting rid of Republican politicians is pretty much the same thing as getting rid of election fraud.

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Aaron F
Aaron F7 days ago

Why, when the person you wanted elected isn't elected, it's always "fraud"?

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Philippa P
Philippa P9 days ago

Thanks.

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Cruel J
Cruel Justice9 days ago

Let's move on to making the voting machines tamper proof. Yeah, I thought not.

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Dan Blossfeld
Dan Blossfeld10 days ago

Rhoberta E.,
What is your problem with those who support neither major political party?

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Rhoberta E
Rhoberta E10 days ago

dan b
Get off the fence !!!

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Clare O
Clare O'Beara10 days ago

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