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NH officials dispute Trump's claim about voter fraud

By DAMIEN FISHER

Staff Writer

CONCORD – New Hampshire officials say President-elect Donald Trump is wrong about his claims that the state was the site of voter fraud.

Trump won a majority of Electoral College votes nationally, although he lost the popular vote to Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. The incoming president took to Twitter over the weekend, reacting to efforts by Green Party candidate Jill Stein to have a recount in states he won on Election Day and claimed that he would have won the popular vote were it not for “serious” voter fraud New Hampshire, Virginia and California. ...

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CONCORD – New Hampshire officials say President-elect Donald Trump is wrong about his claims that the state was the site of voter fraud.

Trump won a majority of Electoral College votes nationally, although he lost the popular vote to Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. The incoming president took to Twitter over the weekend, reacting to efforts by Green Party candidate Jill Stein to have a recount in states he won on Election Day and claimed that he would have won the popular vote were it not for “serious” voter fraud New Hampshire, Virginia and California.

“I’m not sure what Mr. Trump is referring to,” state Assistant Attorney General Brian Buonamano said Monday.

Buonamano said there is simply no evidence of any widespread, coordinated voter fraud scheme having taken place in New Hampshire. There are currently four unrelated cases under investigation that might be considered a violation of the law, he said. That’s a normal number of such cases in a New Hampshire election for a presidential year, he said.

Deputy Secretary of State David Scanlan said Monday there is no indication he has seen that there was any voter fraud in the state.

“If (Trump) has any evidence, he should present that information so that he can be followed up on,” Scanlan said.

Buonamano said Trump’s accusations are too vague to take any action and that there is no factual evidence to back up these claims.

Former New Hampshire Attorney General Tom Rath, a well-known New Hampshire Republican, said Trump is dead wrong about New Hampshire’s election.

“This will probably cost me my spot in the Cabinet, but there was no fraud, serious or other, in this election in New Hampshire,” Rath said on Twitter. “There just wasn’t.”

Scanlan said he has heard of complaints concerning campaign sign placement, electioneering at the polls and other infractions, but not voter fraud.

Damien Fisher can be reached at 594-1245 or dfisher@nashuatelegraph.com.<