Genius Detective Kris Kobach Looks For Voter Fraud, Finds Something Even Worse: COLLEGE STUDENTS
Last week, the Secretary of State of Kansas and vice-chairman of Donald Trump's Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, Kris Kobach, penned a snide little article for Dead Breitbart in which he claimed to have finally hit pay dirt on his quest for said voter fraud. Surprise! It was in New Hampshire!
For years, the mainstream media has ignored the problem of voter fraud and belittled those of us who are trying to do something about it. And when secretaries of state like me identify cases of fraud, we are told that the number of incidents of voter fraud is too insignificant to matter.
Now, however, facts have come to light that indicate that a pivotal, close election was likely changed through voter fraud on November 8, 2016: New Hampshire’s U.S. Senate Seat, and perhaps also New Hampshire’s four electoral college votes in the presidential election.
Whoa, if true. Now all the mainstream media will probably have to get together and issue an official apology to Kris Kobach that reads something like, "We, the mainstream media, are heartily sorry for having offended thee, Kris Kobach, and we detest all of our sins, like having suggested that your quest for 'voter fraud' is stupid and delusional and probably racist."
What is this evidence, you ask?
According to statistics released by the Speaker of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, on the date of the general election in November 2016, there were 6,540 same-day registrants who registered to vote in New Hampshire using an out-of-state driver’s license to prove their identity.
Now, Kobach admits that this, in and of itself, is not proof of fraud, because people who move to New Hampshire have 60 days to get a New Hampshire driver's license if they want to drive there. However, he then goes on to explain that out of those 6,540 people 5,526 had not yet obtained a New Hampshire driver's license. And out of those people, "only 213 registered a vehicle in New Hampshire."
Therefore, by Kobach logic, 5,313 of those voters were FAKE VOTERS bussed in from Massachusetts, probably, to vote for Democrats, stealing the state that rightfully belonged to Donald Trump and Kelly Ayotte.
5,513 is a big number – more than enough to swing two very important elections. The closest major election was the contest between incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte and challenger Maggie Hassan (D). Hassan won the election by a razor-thin margin of 1,017 votes. Those 5,313 fraudulent votes were more than enough to swing the election. If 59.2 percent or more of them went for Hassan, then the election was stolen through voter fraud. That’s likely, since the surrounding states are Democrat strongholds.
It’s also possible that New Hampshire’s four electoral college votes were swung to Hillary Clinton through illegal voting by nonresidents. Clinton won New Hampshire by only 2,732 votes. If 74.8 percent of the 5,513 fraudulent votes were cast for Clinton, then the presidential election in New Hampshire was tipped as well.
This was especially serious, he notes, because Ayotte's vote would have allowed Republicans to repeal Obamacare, as they had so hoped to do.
Unfortunately for Kobach, the mainstream media did not bend the knee, nor did they say an act of contrition for having doubted Kobach's belief in widespread voter fraud. In fact, they did the opposite!
Because you see, those cold-as-ice mainstream media folks at The New York Times and the Washington Post figured out the flaw in Kobach's theory -- people who don't drive, and also, the bane of conservative existence... college students.
Via The New York Times:
Busted, right? Not quite. In his hunger to expose fraudulent voters, Mr. Kobach omitted a few important details. New Hampshire law does not require people to be “residents” to register and vote. They must only be “domiciled” in the state, meaning that New Hampshire is where they currently live and spend most of their time — a description that applies, incidentally, to many college students. In 2016, the towns with the highest rates of voters who registered using out-of-state IDs were all home to college campuses.
Mr. Kobach didn’t say whether he had attempted to contact any of the supposed scofflaws, but The Washington Post did. The first four it reached identified themselves as college students who lived in New Hampshire last November.
WHOOPSIE DAISY! That is a pretty big thing to forget about. I almost feel bad for Kris Kobach, who probably really and truly thought he had found proof that people were doing voter fraud to New Hampshire, and really and truly thought that he had finally gotten the best of the mainstream media.
Still, I'm gonna have to point out here that these students were still voting with IDs. Yeah! There was voter ID in New Hampshire this election. Meaning that by Kobach's own theory, the thing that was supposed to prevent all the imaginary voter fraud did not actually accomplish that. There was still lots of imaginary voter fraud, even with the voter ID system. Essentially, the only way Kris Kobach would be convinced that voter fraud did not exist on the widespread scale he believes it does is for everyone to vote Republican. He will accept nothing less.
As The Washington Post's Phillip Bump explains, Kobach's failure to figure out the whole college student thing, or even do the work of calling up someone in New Hampshire to actually get the data on those out-of-state-ID-havers (or even Googled hard enough to find a study on them that New Hampshire Public Radio did back in February), should really disqualify him from the voter fraud commission:
Kobach’s past behavior and other recent comments have suggested he’s inappropriate for his Trump-appointed role; this Breitbart essay makes that more clear. Incidentally, it was revealed recently that Kobach is compensated for his work at the conservative site. As a paid columnist, the logical leaps of that piece are questionable, much less as one of the two guys running an ostensibly objective look at if there is fraud in the system.
Clearly, Kobach is biased in this regard. Clearly, he desperately wants there to be voter fraud, because it's easier for him to believe in widespread voter fraud than in thousands of college students in New Hampshire not voting Republican.
Kobach ends his Breitbart article by stating "But the mainstream media will tell us, 'Move along, there’s nothing to see here.'" He is wrong about that, too. No one told anyone to move along, they simply proved that there was nothing to see there, other than a paranoid Republican from Kansas being very bad at interpreting data and forgetting that people go to college.
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