Widespread Election Fraud Allegations Lack of Specific Examples | New
Republicans had great success in the 2020 general election in New Hampshire, but that hasn’t stopped some GOP members from exposing major voter fraud.
“I think there has been a tremendous amount of fraud across the country and in every state,” said GOP Senate candidate Don Bolduc. “I know in the state of New Hampshire we have big problems with electoral integrity.”
The claims of Bolduc and others, while numerous, lack concrete evidence, as does former President Donald Trump’s claim that the national election was stolen from him.
Following Trump’s claims of a rigged election, a nationwide poll found that most Republicans were suspicious of the results. This mistrust was then used as a justification for changing election laws, even in places where the GOP performed well in ballot races.
âA lot of people in the state, whether in Belknap County or elsewhere, didn’t feel like they had a good account,â said Rep. Norm Silber, R-Gilford. “My point of view has always been, and it is shared by members of the Republican Party hierarchy, that we want every valid and legitimate vote to be counted and we want to eliminate as much as possible any questions about the validity of the election results.”
While New Hampshire voters favored Democrat Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential race, the Republican Party took control of the state House and Senate, while retaining the governorship.
No concrete examples
Bolduc said he couldn’t cite specific evidence-based cases of voter fraud, but believed it had happened in New Hampshire.
“It is clear to me with the registration of voters on the same day, with the registration of university students, with the voting machines, that there has been fraud,” he said.
Students attending the University of New Hampshire are allowed to vote here even if they are from another state. Bolduc said this can lead to fraud.
“I think so because they can go back to their home country to vote, so they can vote in two places,” he said.
In fact, it would be illegal for a student or anyone else to vote twice in the same election. Double voting is a Class B felony in New Hampshire that could result in a sentence of over a year in prison.
Bolduc believes there is not enough capacity in the Secretary of State’s office to investigate voter fraud.
âAnd I don’t think the GA is doing its job,â Bolduc said.
âI think it all boils down to the fact that if you were the incumbent in 2020, you benefited from this fraud whether you are a Republican or a Democrat.”
Bolduc also does not trust voting machines and believes that all votes should be hand-counted in 2022. Currently, in the overwhelming majority of ridings in the state, voters mark the ballots, which are placed in optical scanners that count the votes.
Ten New Hampshire lawmakers, all Republicans, have sponsored a bill that would ban the use of computers, scanners or other electronic devices to count and count ballots.
Representative Mark Alliegro, R-Grafton, the main sponsor of the manual count bill, is also concerned about voter residency issues.
He is among those who have accused people with second homes in New Hampshire of circumventing voter identification laws and voting in that state even though their primary residence is elsewhere.
Alliegro said this appears to be an issue in Campton, a community close to skiing and other recreational opportunities in the White Mountains.
âThis has been exacerbated by the events of the past year, with people fleeing their home countries and staying here or buying a second home here,â he said.
“A number of these people have not given up their residency rights in their home country, so it is illegal for them to vote here.”
Campton Town Clerk Hannah Joyce said there was no discrepancy in the local vote in the 2020 general election.
She said there was no problem in terms of people trying to vote in Campton despite their primary residence being out of state.
There are 2,306 registered voters in the city and 2,146 voted in the elections. One voter did not have the proper identification and signed an affidavit stating that he was qualified.
Same day registration
Alliegro said same-day voter registration can lead to enough fraud to tip a particularly close election.
Some of those who sign an affidavit attesting to their qualification as a voter never provide the required documents.
“People who didn’t fulfill the conditions of their signed affidavit could have tipped the election of the President and the US Senate, and I think that’s a fair guess, if you know how this game is played that they did, “Alliegro said, referring to the 2016 Electoral Cycle.
That’s when Hillary Clinton defeated Donald Trump in New Hampshire by less than 3,000 votes and Democrat Maggie Hassan toppled outgoing GOP Senator Kelly Ayotte by a margin of around 1,000 votes. .
Last year, Joe Biden beat Trump in New Hampshire by nearly 60,000 votes.
Bill Gardner, who served as New Hampshire’s secretary of state for more than four decades, said he had never seen an election where voter fraud affected the overall result.
âI don’t have an example for you where someone won an election in this state who shouldn’t have won it,â he said in an interview.
He discussed protections in New Hampshire law allowing people to register to vote on election day.
Those who don’t have the proper documents to prove residency and other qualifications can sign an affidavit, and the state follows up with a verification process through US Mail.
About 4,000 voters were required to sign such an affidavit in the state’s primary and general elections in 2020.
Of these, the state was unable to authenticate the electoral qualifications of around 600 people, or less than one in 1,000 voters in the general election. This group of 600 includes many people who did not return an envelope as required.
Some may not have been qualified to vote, but it is also possible that they were qualified and the state simply has not yet been able to reach them. The verification process continues.
Over 800,000 people voted in the general election without having to sign an affidavit.
Gardner also said the optical scanning voting system used in New Hampshire was reliable. These machines are not connected to the Internet. Paper ballots are retained and can be used in a manual recount.
In a race representing the state at Windham last year, a manual recount showed a deviation from the automated count number, although the overall result was not affected.
An audit determined that the error was caused by a borrowed machine that folded the ballots contrary to the suggested tally marks. This put a crease in the oval next to a candidate’s name in some ballots sent to absent voters.
The state’s Election Law Commission released a report saying the deviations at Windham were the result of a unique set of circumstances that are unlikely to recur.
The governor of the Republic, Chris Sununu, said the audit showed the state’s electoral system to be clean, trustworthy and far from having the “massive fraud” that Trump has claimed.
Secretary of State Gardner said election officials remained vigilant and one case of fraud was one too many.
Two people were convicted of criminal charges related to the 2020 election, one for wrongful voting and one for criminal trespass. Three people were convicted of civil penalties, two for removing political signs and one for violations of signs and campaign finance.
“The Election Law Unit is also pursuing cases relating to past election cycles and continues to investigate the 2020 allegations,” said Myles Matteson, deputy general counsel in the attorney general’s office.
Authorities have found half a dozen instances where people who voted in New Hampshire in 2016 also voted out of state.
âWe found them,â Gardner said. “We have done an incredible amount of work and they have either pleaded guilty or been found guilty of doing so.”
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