Commission Chair Kris Kobach is the Kansas Secretary of State and also the man who designed Crosscheck, the voter purge program that has erroneously removed hundreds of thousands from the voter rolls.
"New Hampshire people aren't accustomed to walking away or stepping down from their civic duty".
One official administering the New Hampshire voting process recognized the system's failure to authenticate ballots.
Kobach's claims are ridiculous to the point of farce, but there's nothing amusing about the idea of someone propagating this level of junk science running the Fraud Commission. "Period." So says J. Christian Adams of the Public Interest Legal Foundation.
"Today's meeting makes it clear that the real goal of President Trump's sham voter commission is to the lay the foundation for voter suppression efforts", said Sewell stated in a press release Tuesday afternoon.
Kobach paused Tuesday's commission meeting in Manchester to explain - and effectively withdraw - allegations he made last week. New Hampshire law does not require people to be "residents" to register and vote. "Primarily, you have a right to vote". Anyone who fails to provide the necessary evidence may be fined and prosecuted for voter fraud. "They can easily be accounted for by college students and other new Granite Staters who deferred acquiring an in-state license - or don't intend to drive in the state". "But it is legal in New Hampshire for you to have a MA driver's license and have MA plates on your cars and pay out-of-state tuition to the university and still be eligible to vote because you are domiciled in New Hampshire, meaning you spend most of your nights here".
Under the circumstances, Kobach said Tuesday, he might have chosen the wrong word when he said it "appears" unauthorized votes turned the tide of the Senate election last November.
Kobach's allies in New Hampshire relayed information that some 5,300 people who voted in that election weren't residents of the state.
Another problem for the commission's work is that it was created in response to President Trump's unproved claim that 3 million to 5 million people voted illegally in November.
"There's a high likelihood of voter fraud", Mr. Block said.
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.
But he took the opportunity to publicly criticize Kobach for spreading misinformation and casting doubt on the New Hampshire results. Condos says he doesn't trust the intentions of the commission. They worry that the 12-member panel is stacked with members who believe that voter fraud is extensive and will use its conclusions to push for more restrictive voter laws.
Some groups that saw an ideological motive in the Trump commission's work said they suspected it was trying to make voting more hard in many jurisdictions, and thus to discourage members of racial, ethnic or political minorities from casting their ballots - a process known as voter suppression. But in recent years, the court has assumed that tough registration requirements, early voting cuts, and voter ID rules are passed with no intent to disenfranchise citizens.
Among the technology are e-poll books, electronic devices that can read a person's identification and quickly allow the election official to determine whether the person is registered and which ballot the voter should have.
Dunlap dismissed the idea, calling it a "sterling example of the laws of unintended consequences" that would widen the mission of the background check database, which he said was never meant to be used as an election tool.