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Sending up an SOS: Who should enforce election laws?

February 14. 2017 6:27PM

There’s been a myth floating among New Hampshire Republicans that Democrats bus in spare voters from Massachusetts every two years.

There’s no evidence to support this, but after suffering defeats in 2006, 2008, and 2012, some GOP activists needed something to blame other than national Democratic waves, so-so candidates, popular Democratic incumbents, and lackluster fundraising.

President Donald Trump somehow picked up this bit of nonsense and repeatedly uses it to justify narrowly losing New Hampshire to Hillary Clinton.

Pundits from both parties are rushing to defend the integrity of New Hampshire elections, even as the Attorney General’s Office admits that it hasn’t bothered to enforce New Hampshire election laws.

Attorney General Joe Foster says he needs more money to follow up on election law complaints, which shows how much he prioritizes clean elections. Some lawmakers are pushing to give the Secretary of State’s office authority to look into allegations of voter fraud.

Despite having a voter ID law, New Hampshire allows people to register and vote with nothing more than a signature. And Foster says he lacks the resources to make sure these new voters are actually residents.

This leaves the Granite State wide open to abuse from drive-by voters, openly encouraged to claim residency by Democratic campaigns.

If the attorney general won’t defend our voting booths, the secretary of state is willing to try.

New Hampshire Elections Editorial