Fact check: Kris Kobach’s bogus ‘proof’ of voter fraud

USA TODAY,  September 13, 2017

Kris Kobach, vice chairman of the Presidential Commission on Election Integrity, claims to have “proof” of voter fraud in New Hampshire that’s widespread enough to have swung a U.S. Senate election in favor of the Democrats. He doesn’t.

Kobach’s proof? He says several thousand people who registered to vote on Election Day with an out-of-state driver’s license have not since registered a car or gotten a driver’s license in New Hampshire.

But that’s no smoking gun. It is plausible, in fact likely, that most of those voters were college students who are allowed by state law to vote in New Hampshire even though they only live in the state part of the year. ...

New Hampshire is one of 15 states that has a same-day voter registration policy. That means eligible voters can show up and vote on Election Day if they sign an affidavit attesting that New Hampshire is their “domicile.” They also must present valid identification, which can include an out-of-state driver’s license.

As the secretary of state website explains, “Your domicile is that place, more than any other, where you sleep most nights of the year, or to which you intend to return after a temporary absence.” State law spells out clearly that that specifically includes college students (provided they don’t also vote in another state — which would be illegal).

By Robert Farley

 

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