Trump’s fantasy of NH voter fraud
The issue of voter fraud keeps circulating around President Trump.
And now New Hampshire, and its history of clean voting and electoral integrity, has been questioned by the most narcissistic individual to ever occupy the White House.
The president, and later one of his senior advisers, attributed his loss here to busloads of Massachusetts residents entering New Hampshire to vote for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.
Trump adviser Stephen Miller doubled down on the false claims and asserted "anyone who’s worked in New Hampshire politics" is familiar with rampant voter fraud.
Multiple prominent Republicans in New Hampshire, including Tom Rath, Jim Merrill and Fergus Cullen, have called these claims nonsense.
"Let me as be unequivocal as possible – allegations of voter fraud in NH are baseless, without any merit," Rath, the onetime attorney general, said in a Sunday tweet, adding, "It’s shameful to spread these fantasies."
Cullen, the former head of New Hampshire’s Republican Party, offered $1,000 to the first person proving there was even one out-of-state voter who took a bus from Massachusetts and illegally cast a ballot on Election Day.
Merrill, a veteran GOP strategist who backed Florida Sen. Marco Rubio last year, said Miller does not know New Hampshire or its elections.
"Fraud exists but not thru mythological busloads of (Massachusetts) residents," Merrill tweeted.
No transit companies in Massachusetts have stepped forward with receipts. No Election Day volunteers in New Hampshire’s small towns, where most town officials know all or most of the voters, noticed huge busloads of strangers. In the largest cities, including Nashua, poll watchers did not observe any suspicious activity.
Deputy Secretary of State David M. Scanlan on Monday reported there is no evidence of voter fraud.
In fact, the office’s election division offers voter fraud reports and investigations for 2006, 2008 and 2010 – all available to the public under the secretary’s election division webpage.
In all three reports, the New Hampshire Department of Justice’s civil bureau concluded there were no fraudulent registrations or voting with any documented first-time voters.
And speaking of voting numbers, the Secretary of State’s office announced the voter rolls grew in New Hampshire by roughly 75,000 from October 2016 to present day. Republicans actually picked up more registered voters (nearly 20,000) than Democrats (slightly more than 7,500) in 2016.
Scanlan said there were some 6,000 new voters with Massachusetts identification, but these are likely new college students, families who have moved across the border within the past year or residents who have been in the state for some time and have not obtained a New Hampshire driver’s license.
Voters with out-of-state identification are required to sign an affidavit stating they are eligible to vote in New Hampshire, have their photo taken at the polls, and prove their age, citizenship and domicile.
"Our laws allow people to move to New Hampshire and register on the same day, and it allows people to use an out-of-state license to establish their identity," Scanlan said. "But again, they have to prove they are the appropriate age, they are a United States citizen and they are now a resident in the community where they are voting."
But the most important number is four, as in the state’s Electoral College votes. With or without New Hampshire, Trump wins the White House, making it moot to discuss his loss in this state.
Numbers don’t lie, but unfortunately the president, and his fragile-as-glass ego, cannot accept that.