Little agitates Democrats more than claims of voter fraud. Such fraud is a hardy perennial of American politics. Our history is full of examples, such as Mayor Daley’s Chicago.
Yet, Democrats want us to believe that, notwithstanding solid evidence to the contrary, it’s not a problem in modern American politics. The reason is obvious. Democrats don’t want laws and procedures to protect against voter fraud because they want to preserve their ability to engage in it.
These days, there’s a second reason. President Trump has made what probably are highly exaggerated claims of mass voter fraud in order to explain away the fact that he lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton. Democrats, understandably, have no tolerance for Trump’s excuse.
Today on ABC, partisan Democrat George Stephanopoulus asked senior Trump adviser Stephen Miller about Trump’s claim that thousands of illegal voters were bused from Massachusetts to New Hampshire and that this caused his defeat in the Granite State, as well as the defeat of Kelly Ayotte. Miller backed Trump’s contention by saying that he has worked on campaigns in New Hampshire and that the practice of busing voters into the state is well known.
Glenn Kessler, the Washington Post’s partisan Democrat “fact checker,” finds Miller’s claim to be false. But how does he know that voters aren’t being bused into New Hampshire? I doubt that he has worked in New Hampshire politics, as Miller apparently has.
New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner said voter fraud was not widespread problem, largely because the law requires voters to show a valid identification at the polls. If an ID is lacking, the voter’s photo is taken, they have to sign an affidavit affirming their identify and then state officials follow up.
Thus, if voter fraud isn’t a problem in New Hampshire it’s because the state has strict voter ID procedures that protect against it. These, of course, are the very procedures that leftists want to do away with because, supposedly, they suppress voter turnout.
If Glenn Kessler and the New Hampshire Secretary of State are right, there may well be merit to the left’s voter suppression claim to this extent: in New Hampshire, voter ID suppresses turnout by Massachusetts residents.