Fear­ing voter fraud in­ves­ti­ga­tions

The Pres­i­den­tial Ad­vi­sory Com­mis­sion on Elec­tion In­tegrity leaves the left in a panic

The Washington Times Weekly - - Front Page - By Tammy Bruce Tammy Bruce, au­thor and Fox News con­trib­u­tor, is a ra­dio talk show host.

As Pres­i­dent Trump’s Pres­i­den­tial Ad­vi­sory Com­mis­sion on Elec­tion In­tegrity met on Tues­day in New Hamp­shire to dis­cuss voter fraud, the usual lib­eral sus­pects cried wolf. Dur­ing last year’s elec­tion, the pres­i­dent voiced what we know — that voter fraud ex­ists. The only ques­tion is to what de­gree, and that’s the mis­sion of the com­mis­sion.

For any­one who dis­misses con­cerns about voter fraud, the un­hinged re­ac­tion by the left at in­ves­ti­gat­ing it should, at the very least, make a log­i­cal per­son won­der what they’re so con­cerned about.

Af­ter all, if you be­lieve the is­sue is false, or at the most an ir­rel­e­vant fac­tor in end re­sults, you should wel­come con­fir­ma­tion of that fact. Un­less, of course, one fears the ac­tual out­come may prove how voter fraud im­pacts lo­cal and state races to the point of shift­ing the bal­ance of power in Washington, D.C.

Kris Kobach, the Kansas sec­re­tary of state and vice chair­man of the pres­i­dent’s com­mis­sion, has al­ready caused quite the stir. In a Bre­it­bart ar­ti­cle, Mr. Kobach re­veals that out-of-state vot­ers may have changed not only the out­come of the New Hamp­shire U.S. Se­nate race, but also could have im­pacted who won the state’s pres­i­den­tial con­test.

Mr. Kobach’s as­ser­tion is quite sim­ple, and de­mands an in­ves­ti­ga­tion, which is ex­actly what the com­mis­sion will do. He notes that New Hamp­shire is a state with same-day voter regis­tra­tion, which elim­i­nates the abil­ity to de­ter­mine the el­i­gi­bil­ity of those vot­ers. He notes last year there were 6,540 same-day reg­is­trants with out-of-state driver’s li­censes.

The state re­quires res­i­dents to ob­tain a state driver’s li­cense within 60 days of mov­ing, yet since the elec­tion “5,313 of those vot­ers nei­ther ob­tained a New Hamp­shire driver’s li­cense nor reg­is­tered a ve­hi­cle in New Hamp­shire. They have not fol­lowed the le­gal re­quire­ments for res­i­dents re­gard­ing driver’s li­censes, and it ap­pears that they are not ac­tu­ally re­sid­ing in New Hamp­shire. It seems that they never were bona fide res­i­dents of the State.”

This num­ber, Mr. Kobach points out, is large enough to have made the dif­fer­ence in the state’s U.S. Se­nate race as well as the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion. Hil­lary Clin­ton won the swing state by only 2738 votes. In­cum­bent Repub­li­can Kelly Ay­otte lost her se­nate seat to Demo­crat Mag­gie Has­san by the slim mar­gin of 1,017 votes.

Some crit­ics of Mr. Kobach’s as­ser­tion ar­gue that the driver’s li­cense is­sue could re­flect vot­ing by out-of-state col­lege stu­dents who live in New Hamp­shire. Sure, that’s pos­si­ble, so let’s find out, shall we?

Lib­er­als usu­ally claim, if there is fraud it’s so small and iso­lated it doesn’t im­pact end re­sults. The mar­gins in New Hamp­shire prove the fal­sity of that ar­gu­ment.

This is­sue and oth­ers were dis­cussed in Manch­ester on Tues­day, as a ca­coph­ony of lib­eral whin­ers and harpies de­manded a dis­man­tling of the com­mis­sion it­self.

Be­cause, you know, it’s just so much eas­ier to burn down some­thing with which you dis­agree. Just ask the #Re­sist gang An­tifa.

The ACLU’s far­ci­cal head­line serves as a good ex­am­ple of how pan­icked the left re­ally is: “Kris Kobach Pushes Voter Fraud Lies While Meet­ing With Fel­low Sup­pres­sion Ac­tivists.”

Looks like they ran out of room for “Klan,” “Nazi,” and “Puppy killers.”

Prior to this week’s meet­ing, Stephen Dinan of The Washington Tivmes re­ported on the thou­sands of com­ments that have poured into the com­mis­sion, “For a prob­lem that crit­ics say doesn’t ex­ist, Amer­i­cans seem to have a lot of sto­ries of voter fraud or the po­ten­tial for it. They are shar­ing those sto­ries with Pres­i­dent Trump’s voter in­tegrity com­mis­sion as it wades into one of the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s thorni­est fights,” Mr. Dinan re­ports.

“Democrats have vowed to use the leg­isla­tive process to try to de­rail the com­mis­sion. Last month, Se­nate Mi­nor­ity Leader Charles E. Schumer of New York com­pared the com­mis­sion to the white su­prem­a­cists who marched in Char­lottesville, Vir­ginia, and said he would try to elim­i­nate the panel as part of a must-pass bill,” noted The Washington Times. Why so afraid, Chuck? The is­sue of voter fraud must be ad­dressed so ev­ery voter can be sure that their right as a cit­i­zen is not be­ing erased by a fraud­u­lent vote. Last year, this news­pa­per re­ported on a va­ri­ety of fraud­u­lent sit­u­a­tions de­mand­ing re­views, in­clud­ing dead peo­ple vot­ing in Colorado, il­le­gals vot­ing in Vir­ginia, some Penn­syl­va­nia cit­i­zens vot­ing twice, un­der­age vot­ers vot­ing in the Wis­con­sin pri­mary, and vote rig­ging in Texas.

Mean­while, “[A] Her­itage Foun­da­tion data­base track­ing doc­u­mented voter fraud now con­tains 492 cases and 773 crim­i­nal con­vic­tions, with un­told other cases un­re­ported and un­pros­e­cuted,” re­ports Na­tional Re­view. “Across the coun­try, as Her­itage’s data­base shows, voter-fraud con­vic­tions in­clude ev­ery­thing from im­per­son­ation fraud and false reg­is­tra­tions to in­el­i­gi­ble vot­ing by felons and nonci­t­i­zens. Amer­i­can voter fraud con­tin­ues apace, and the United States re­mains one of the only democ­ra­cies in the world with­out a uni­form re­quire­ment for voter iden­ti­fi­ca­tion,” con­tin­ued the mag­a­zine.

Democrats and their al­lies are afraid of some­thing — an end to a scheme that they have re­lied on for far too long. And now, with the pres­i­dent’s voter fraud com­mis­sion and the tenac­ity of peo­ple like Mr. Kobach, per­haps they’re also afraid of los­ing a Se­nate seat and an in­crease of Mr. Trump’s 2016 elec­toral col­lege vic­tory.

Lib­er­als usu­ally claim, if there is fraud it’s so small and iso­lated it doesn’t im­pact end re­sults. The mar­gins in New Hamp­shire prove the fal­sity of that ar­gu­ment.

ILLUSTRATION BY GREG GROESCH

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