Letter: Election review is unfounded

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 10:26AM
Election review is unfounded

To the editor:

The Trump’s Election Integrity Commission has caught a lot of attention. Many states are outright refusing to turn over information or even to cooperate. But not so here in NH. Both Governor Sununu and State Secretary Gardner have agreed to deliver to the Commission what it wants and it wants a lot: Name, last four digits of your SSN, address, date of birth, political party affiliation, and your voting history from 2006 onward. And information regarding military status, felony convictions, overseas voting, and registration in another state. And into whose hands will that information fall? Mr. Trump’s!

“Serious voter fraud existed in New Hampshire.” A senior adviser “I can tell you . . . busing voters into New Hampshire is widely known by anyone who’s worked in New Hampshire politics.” And the hands of the Commission’s head, Secretary of State of Kansas, Kris Kobach, a fervent believer that voter fraud is widespread despite decades of evidence to the contrary. PolitiFact, a fact-checking website and winner of a Pulitzer Prize rated the accuracy of Trump’s claims on its Truth-O-Meter. This is what it found. “Those in charge of overseeing New Hampshire’s elections (which is a primary responsibility of Gardner) and investigating election complaints said any instances of voter fraud in the state have historically been extremely rare. The most recent election was no exception, with no complaints of voter fraud filed in an election in which more than 728,000 ballots were cast.”

PolitiFact’s conclusion: “It’s a reckless claim with zero evidence. We rate the claim Pants on Fire.” This is of extreme importance to each of us. There is real danger here. The course this state should follow is to REJECT the request for data and for Gardner to RESIGN from the Commission.

Ronald Cheney