The Kansas official in charge of a multi-state voter registration ‘crosscheck’ program said Monday that on Election Day, 6,000 people registered to vote in New Hampshire using drivers licenses from other states.
Nearly half of those suspect cases involved licenses issued in Massachusetts.
That, Kris Kobach told CNN, supports the White House’s contention that America’s voting system suffers great enough incidence of fraud to swing an election.
CNN conducted the interview over a graphic that read: ‘Zero evidence to support Trump voter fraud claims.’ Kobach later tweeted that it was ‘proof of @CNN bias.’ They run text below my picture claiming my statements are false. So much for letting the viewer decide.’
New Hampshire Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan unseated Republican incumbent Kelly Ayotte in November by just 1,017 votes, out of more than 707,000 cast.
White House Senior Policy Adviser Stephen Miller argued in an a series of Sunday morning interviews that ‘thousands’ of Massachusetts voters from were ‘brought in on buses’ to vote ‘illegally’ in that contest.
Miller was sent out on Sunday to defend him.
Ayotte was in Washington as a former senator to help the Trump administration smooth Judge Neil Gorsuch’s landing on Capitol Hill in advance of his Supreme Court confirmation hearing.
Kobach, the Kansas secretary of state, organized the Interstate Crosscheck Program, a cooperative 30-state initiative that compares voter registrations in an attempt to void inactive and obsolete entries as people move from place to place.
He was also on a short-list to become Homeland Security secretary in the Trump administration.
‘I just got off the phone with the New Hampshire secretary of state, Bill Gardener,’ Kobach told CNN anchor Kate Bolduan on Monday.
‘New Hampshire is a same-day registration state. And on election day, Nov. 8, 2016, 6,000 people registered in New Hampshire using an out-of-state driver’s license as their form of identification,’ he said.
‘Of those 6,000 – over 6,000 – just under 3,000, so just under half, used a Massachusetts driver’s license.’
Kobach acknowledged that ‘some of those are going to be legit,’ including people who moved to New Hampshire on or before Election Day. But he insisted that some in that group voted illegally in more than one state.
‘We do know that a lot of people did that, and we will have data at the end of the month,’ he promised.
New Hampshire election law permits people with out-of-state ID to participate in elections if they attest that they maintain a ‘domicile’ in the state – meaning ‘an intent to maintain a single continuous presence.’
Poll workers, however, do not ask for proof.
Bolduan insisted that Kobach’s pending analysis doesn’t yet support Miller’s claim that ‘thousands’ actually committed voter fraud by being bussed across a state line.
‘Voter registration programs does not equal fraudulent votes,’ she said, calling Republican alarms ‘irresponsible.’
‘It’s like the Yeti. you can keep talking about it, but you’re not going to find it,’ Bolduan declared.
Kobach responded that some voter fraud likely took the form of mail-in votes from Massachusetts residents who had traveled north nine months earlier for campaign work during the New Hampshire Primary season.
And he disclosed that as the chief law enforcement officer in Kansas, he has prosecuted criminal voter-fraud cases.
‘I just got that prosecutorial authority a year and a half ago. We’ve already filed nine cases, and we have six guilty pleas,’ Kobach said, noting that Kansas is a small state. ‘And the nine cases are just the ones at the top of the list.’
President Donald Trump has made repeated claims about widespread voter fraud, suggesting it numbered in the millions and cost him a symbolic popular-vote victory in November.
The White House has provided no evidence to the Federal Election Commission to support that claim. Trump has promised to sign an executive order aimed at determining the size of the problem.