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Election integrity: Real issues clouded by hype

May 15. 2017 8:33PM

We’re pleased that President Donald Trump has invited New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner to serve on his election integrity panel, and that Gardner has accepted.

Gardner is perhaps the most widely respected election official in the country, and his presence should help keep the commission from spinning off track into conspiracy theories of “busloads” of out-of-state voters.

But there are real issues to consider. For instance, Gardner has long warned that New Hampshire’s confusing domicile laws open up our elections to drive-through voters with no real connection to our state. A bill to correct this error is portrayed by Democrats as an attempt to disenfranchise college students.

In fact, Democrats across the country oppose any attempt to ensure election integrity, attacking basic voter ID laws as racist. ACLU-NH is now suing the state, arguing that election officials should accept absentee ballots even when the absentee voter’s signature doesn’t match the one on file.

It is not too much to ask that voters prove they are who they claim to be. We should limit access to our voting booths to people who live here, rather than those just passing through.

Voting is a crucial civil right, but we do not get to vote on the honor system. Gardner works tirelessly to ensure that every qualified voter, and no one else, can vote in New Hampshire. His perspective and experience should prove valuable.

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