May 19. 2017 12:19AM
To the Editor: I was very concerned to learn that our New Hampshire Secretary of State, Bill Gardner, will be on President Trump’s “electoral integrity” committee. Mr. Trump has maligned our state’s electoral integrity in a completely groundless way, as Secretary Gardner himself has repeatedly stated.
There is no voter fraud in New Hampshire, and in fact, little elsewhere in the United States. It is simply not a problem. What is a problem is that only 55 percent of eligible voters participated in the last election. Moreover, there are numerous attempts to make voting more difficult for certain populations in our state, especially university students, the elderly, and military people.
Why would Secretary Gardner agree go along with Trump’s phony initiative to investigate supposed electoral fraud? This electoral commission is nothing less than an attempted distraction from Trump’s political woes in Washington, including his multiple scandals and cover-ups.
Making matters worse, his plan to investigate non-existent voter fraud in our state will waste resources and result in more legislation that further prevents people from exercising their legal right to vote. I am very disappointed in Secretary Gardner’s willingness to entertain the false hype about voter fraud in New Hampshire, and even worse, to use it to promote legislation that undermines our democracy by suppressing voter participation.