“ELECTIONS SHOULD LOOK CLEAN”
by Sharon Rondeau
(Sep. 12, 2017) — 1:54 p.m. EDT — Former Voting Section Justice Department and current Judicial Watch attorney Robert Popper is currently addressing a session of President Donald Trump’s Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity convening at St. Anselm’s College in Manchester, NH on Tuesday.
The commission was formed early in Trump’s administration to identify instances where cases of fraud, abuse and error in voter rolls might have occurred. The first public meeting was held on July 19.
The commission discussed possible duplicate voting, penalties for fraudulent voting, non-citizens voting, and the cost of obtaining voter rolls from states, among other items.
It was reported that the state of Alabama, among others, charges thousands of dollars for each 100,000 names of registered voters.
Popper noted that 11% of the U.S. population now moves every year, making maintaining accurate voter rolls on the part of municipalities more difficult.
He said that the Justice Department is not upholding every aspect of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA).
Discussed earlier were voter registration requirements in New Hampshire, photo ID, who oversees elections and the counting of votes. Speakers included former Ohio Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell and New Hampshire Secretary of State William Gardner.
The hearing was chaired by commission co-chairman Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach.
“Elections should look clean,” Popper said at 2:00 p.m., stating that polling places should remain neutral in their decor on Election Day.
As the conference progressed, “#ShamVotingCommission” began trending on Twitter, with some contending that the group’s intent is to effect “voter suppression.”
Last year, Project Veritas uncovered signs of fraud in New Hampshire’s primary election, which is the first in the nation in presidential-election years. At 2:28 p.m., Dr. Hans Spokavsky of The Heritage Foundation addressed recent findings that thousands of people with Massachusetts residences and drivers’ licenses registered to vote in New Hampshire.
Between 2:08 and 2:15 p.m., a data-technology specialist said that more than 2,200 duplicate votes were identified in Florida in 2016 and that his own state of Rhode Island has a very permissive system which allows people lacking Social Security numbers to vote.
According to one Twitter user, congressional Democrats are supporting legislation to stop the work of the commission.