Richardson announced that the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity-the panel set up by President Donald Trump to investigate his allegations of widespread voter fraud-had paid the fee on Friday.
Some, particularly Democrats, have been critical of the commission, claiming that the President formed it to bolster his claims that if not for voter fraud he would have won the popular vote during November's general election.
Instead of looking for ways to restrict the vote, which is the unspoken mission of the commission, we should be looking for ways to expand the vote. In the run-up to the meeting, Kobach wrote an article for the discredited Breitbart website that recycled President Trump's bogus claim about thousands of illegal votes being cast past year in New Hampshire.
Kobach, however, considered the meeting a success, saying the commission would continue to gather "as much data as we can" on the election system.
In some cases, the immigrants told election officials that they weren't citizens but were kept on the rolls and were even allowed to vote, the study says. It will inevitably seek to impose measures that will have the effect of erecting barriers to voting for poor people, who generally vote Democratic. Within 24 hours, the media revealed that Kobach had, apparently (willfully?), misunderstood the Granite State's laws regarding the voting rights of college students. But speaking to reporters afterward, commission vice chairman Kris Kobach emphasized that states are only being asked to send already-public information and called the Democrats' criticism about voter suppression "bizarre". However, this year, another Republican, New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu tightened the voter registration laws, requiring proof of residence. He went on to bring up the remarks by Vice President Mike Pence at the commission's first meeting where Pence, its chair, said the commission would not have "preordained" ideas. In the same Minnesota election, more than a thousand felons illegally voted.
In February 2016, a Project Veritas video sting caught numerous New Hampshire election officials telling people that they could vote in the primary even if they didn't live in New Hampshire or even intend to live in the state. In fact, the New Hampshire Supreme Court settled this debate in 2015, finding that registered voters do not have to get a New Hampshire license within 60 days. Democrats have blasted the commission as a biased panel determined to curtail voting rights, and they ramped up their criticism ahead of and during the group's daylong meeting in New Hampshire.
Kobach acknowledged that New Hampshire allows college students and others to vote in the state without getting driver's licenses if they consider the state their home.
They regard the entire commission as a sham created to soothe Trump's ego after his unsubstantiated claims that voter fraud is why he lost the popular vote to Clinton.
It's a state where the president claims thousands of people were bussed in from MA to vote illegally. Dunlap says just because someone doesn't have an in-state driver's license doesn't mean they've committed voter fraud. Mother Jones reported that the panel will welcome "a controversial pack of witnesses that includes tarnished academics and political allies" of voter-suppression pioneer Kris Kobach, who co-chairs the commission. His presentation, which is available on the commission's website, argues that local government should foot the bill to run its voters through the federal background check system as a deterrent to voter fraud.
The law says a voter must be domiciled in the state, but it is possible to be domiciled without necessarily being a resident. "People can duplicate vote between states without any mechanism to stop it".