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President Trump still claims massive voter fraud, but election officials like NH Secretary of State Bill Gardner insist there's no supporting evidence. 

Trump taps Gardner for 'election integrity' panel


Secretary of State Bill Gardner has agreed to serve on President Donald Trump's commission tasked with examining federal election law, potential for voter fraud, and steps to improve confidence in voting procedures.

Trump created the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity by executive order Thursday.

Secretary of State Bill Gardner has agreed to serve on President Donald Trump's commission tasked with examining federal election law, potential for voter fraud, and steps to improve confidence in voting procedures.

Trump created the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity by executive order Thursday.

Vice President Mike Pence is chairman. Another 15 members will serve and be directed to study registration and voting processes.

The commission comes about six months after Trump complained on Twitter that he would have also won the popular vote nationwide if not for "serious voter fraud in Virginia, New Hampshire, and California."

Democrat Hillary Clinton won New Hampshire by 2,736 votes. Gardner, the state's chief election officer since 1976 and a Democrat with national reputation for overseeing the first-in-the-nation presidential primary, has said he is unaware of widespread voter fraud in the Granite State.

The American Civil Liberties Union of New Hampshire labeled the commission "a sham."

"All available evidence suggests that the 2016 general election was not tainted by fraud or mistake," said Devon Chaffee, ACLU-NH executive director. "Signing this piece of paper will not make Mr. Trump's false statements about voter fraud true."

Chaffee said she was disappointed that Gardner agreed to participate in the commission.

The ACLU, in response to Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach being named to the commission, noted that the ACLU has successfully sued Kobach many times for voter suppression policies.

Members of the commission receive no additional compensation, but their travel and related expenses are to be covered by the General Services Administration budget, according to the presidential action.

David Scanlan, New Hampshire's senior Deputy Secretary of State in charge of the election division, called on Trump late last year to produce evidence to support his allegation. Trump has not done so. Stephen Miller, an adviser to the White House, made similar charges earlier this year but has not offered any proof of voter fraud, or evidence to his claim that busloads of illegal voters were sent into New Hampshire.

Steve Duprey, a Republican National Committeeman from Concord, was blunt in dismissing Miller's claims in February.

Duprey wrote on Twitter: "Repeating: there is no voter fraud in NH. None. Zip. Nada. Hundreds of lawyers, poll workers, watchers, press — no buses rolled in."

New Hampshire Republicans in the Legislature continue to rally around legislation to reform election law, particularly on a voter’s eligibility based on “domicile” in the state. Democrats criticized the main bill as voter suppression; Gardner supports the bill, which the Senate passed and is now in the House.

dtuohy@unionleader.com


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