Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, the head of Trump’s voter suppression panel, is back with yet another lie about having proof of real and widespread voter fraud. This time he says he has the evidence that people crossed over into New Hampshire to vote illegally. He’s lying, as always. And Breitbart published it, as always.
It has long been reported, anecdotally, that out-of-staters take advantage of New Hampshire’s same-day registration and head to the Granite State to cast fraudulent votes.
Now there’s proof.
According to statistics released by the Speaker of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, on the date of the general election in November 2016, there were 6,540 same-day registrants who registered to vote in New Hampshire using an out-of-state driver’s license to prove their identity. In and of itself, that doesn’t prove that any fraud occurred – theoretically, each of those individuals could have been someone who recently moved to the State and had not yet had time to get a New Hampshire driver’s license. According to New Hampshire law, a new resident has 60 days to obtain a New Hampshire driver’s license.
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. However, the numbers tell a very different story. 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.
And the other almost 2000 of them? They fell into several different groups: Existing N.H. voters who moved to a new ward or town; Voters who had to re-register in the same town or ward they already lived in because they had missed voting in an election or two and their names were removed from the voter rolls; and new N.H. voters who had recently moved to the state. As is always the case, Republicans love to publicize lists of possible voter fraud cases and declare it to be “proof” of voter fraud, but they fall totally silent when someone actually goes and checks out all of them and it turns out that virtually none of them were instances of voter fraud.
It’s almost like they’re deliberately trying to lie to people to advance their agenda. No, actually it’s exactly like that, because that is exactly what they’re doing.