Did Vermonters help swing New Hampshire’s election?

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Election data from the New Hampshire Secretary of State’s office show that 212 Vermonters signed up for same-day voting in New Hampshire on Election Day in 2016.

According to state records on same-day voter registration, 212 Vermonters were among the 6,540 people who registered to vote in New Hampshire on Election Day using an out-of-state license.

President Donald Trump’s election integrity commission has been investigating the possibility that thousands of out-of-state voters may have influenced the 2016 New Hampshire election.

“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,” Kris Kobach, vice chair of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, wrote in an op-ed for Breitbart News in September.

The race to which Kobach refers was between incumbent Republican U.S. Sen.Kelly Ayotte and Democrat challenger Maggie Hassan, who won by just 1,017 votes.

According to Kobach, as of Aug. 30, only 1,014 of the 6,540 out-of-state licensed same-day registrants obtained a New Hampshire driver’s license. State law requires new residents to obtain a New Hampshire driver’s license within 60 days of new residency.

According to state data, 213 of the out-of-state voters went on to register a vehicle in New Hampshire, but did not switch their license.

New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner, a Democrat, is one of 12 members of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. Gardner says his state’s election results last November were “real and valid,” despite accusations that thousands of out-of-state voters may have voted illegally in the Granite State.

In addition to concerns that perhaps thousands of out-of-staters voted illegally in New Hampshire, 196 of the same-day out-of-state voters were found to have double-voted, meaning they had already voted in another state.

Critics of Kobach’s assertions claim that the voters in question may have attained domicile status, a quasi-resident classification for those who reside in the state without a permanent address — often college students.

“The law clearly states that college students and other New Hampshire residents can vote without a New Hampshire ID, and these false partisan claims are deliberately twisting the facts,” Democratic U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan said in a joint statement on Sept. 7.

While domiciled residents generally must comply with state law and get a state-issued ID, Rick Bailey, assistant commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Safety, which overseas the state’s Division of Motor Vehicles, told True North that some domiciled residents do not have to obtain a state ID.

“There certainly are a number of scenarios where it’s perfectly legit to vote with an out-of-state ID. … People move around and get job offerings, for example,” he said.

However, he said state statute defines residency as it applies to motor vehicle laws, and if that definition is met, the 60-day limit applies.

Section 21:6 of the New Hampshire Revised Statutes, defines legal “residents” or “inhabitants” as those who have demonstrated the intent to make their New Hampshire abode their principal dwelling exclusively.

A resident or inhabitant or both of this state and of any city, town or other political subdivision of this state shall be a person who is domiciled or has a place of abode or both in this state and in any city, town or other political subdivision of this state, and who has, through all of his actions, demonstrated a current intent to designate that place of abode as his principal place of physical presence for the indefinite future to the exclusion of all others. — NH Rev Stat § 21:6 (2015)

Section 259:88 adds “that no person shall be deemed to be a resident who claims residence in any other state for any purpose.”

Even if domicile college students were among the out-of-state same-day registrants on Election Day, says New Hampshire state Sen. Regina Birdsell, R-Hampstead, the numbers still don’t add up.

“College students are eligible to vote if they declare domicile here, but anybody who does that then has to comply with the laws of the state,” she told WMUR News 9. “If someone is domiciled in New Hampshire [and has a vehicle], then within 60 days, they need to obtain a driver’s license. I think we will find that within that 5,000, there will be many who did not comply with the law.”

Former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., said in a Fox Business Channel interview on Election Day that “domiciled” individuals were bussed in from out of state to stay a single night and vote without an ID.

“All you need to do is say, ‘I don’t have an ID, I’m domicile here,’ and they’ll say, ‘Have you voted?’ No. ‘Are you domicile here?’ Yes. ‘Do you have an ID?’ No. ‘Well here’s a piece of paper, you fill it out,’ bang!” Brown said.

Brown’s assertion that people were bussed in from out of state was supported by multiple witnesses in this CNN report, and other videos that allege to document the potential fraud.

According to New Hampshire’s data on the same-day out-of-state voters, significant numbers of people voted in towns right at the state border.

For instance, the border town of Keene, N.H., had the largest share of Vermont-licensed voters, with 45.

Of the 2,246 out-of-state same-day voter registrants who came from Massachusetts, 898 registered in Durham, N.H., a town just 10 miles from the border. The largest portion of Maine’s 337 out-of-state same-day registrants, 69, also voted in Durham — about one mile from that state’s border.

Trump senior adviser Stephen Miller also had commented on the busing matter on ABC’s “This Week” program

“Having worked on a campaign before in New Hampshire, I can tell you that this issue of busing voters into New Hampshire is widely known by anyone working in New Hampshire politics. It’s very real, very serious,” he said.

Representatives of the New Hampshire Secretary of State’s office did not return True North’s repeated requests for comment on whether the out-of-state voters who registered and voted on Election Day had lawful domicile status. Secretary of State Bill Gardner has defended the election results, saying they are “real and valid.”

Michael Bielawski is a reporter for True North Reports. Send him news tips at bielawski82@yahoo.com and follow him on Twitter @TrueNorthMikeB.

9 thoughts on “Did Vermonters help swing New Hampshire’s election?

  1. NH residents probably did the same to us Vermonters. A case of turnabout is fair play? Of course it’s all Demorats doing it. If it weren’t, the two State’s AG would be all over it.

  2. Your voter qualification standards need to be tightened up. How about having to live physically in the state 30 days prior to an election. Voter fraud is eveywhere.

  3. “Representatives of the New Hampshire Secretary of State’s office did not return True North’s repeated requests for comment on whether the out-of-state voters who registered and voted on Election Day had lawful domicile status.” Please don’t give up asking until they give you an answer please! Thanks for the article. Voter Fraud is Real!!!

  4. Until a conservative buys or takes over a major news source and tells the truth – we’re wasting our time.
    So many people use major media sources to form their opinions and ideas. So when that lair Condos says their is no voter fraud their is no one in the media to challenge him.writing an Opinion piece doesn’t have the same impact especially when the media won’t report all the voter fraud investigation in the U.S.

    I’ve written to the editors of the major TV news outlets offering counter documented information about some of the stories they’ve done – they don’t even respond.

    One would think this story would be headline news on major TV ??

  5. Voter fraud , there is no such thing just ask any liberal Democrat or ask VT’s
    Vermont Secretary of State Condos , he doesn’t believe there’s a problem !!

    Mandatory two forms of ID , No same day registration , Hell If you can’t remember
    to register before then , well you don’t deserve to Vote.

  6. It’s not rocket science. Seems that it’s easy enough to determine if these Vermonters voted in Vermont as well as New Hampshire. If they did, it’s a no no.

  7. This whole piece is pretty absurd but the bus video is what brings True North Reports to a while new level of stupid.

    • Can you actually offer something about it that is absurd or are you just upset by what it reveals?

    • It is difficult to discount the liklihood of voter fraud based on the voter numbers and locations that the article submits regardless of the credibility of the video alleging busloads of voters being brought in. The concept of same day voter registration absent documentation of actual residence seems like the glaring absurdity in this article.

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