Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster

Representing the 2nd District of New Hampshire
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Kuster Urges Trump Voting Commission to Stop Spreading Deceptive Data, Undermining Confidence in Our Elections

Sep 12, 2017
Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) released the following statement as President Trump’s voting commission met in New Hampshire:

“President Trump’s voter commission has been formed with the predetermined conclusion that voter fraud is a widespread problem and that restrictive voter ID laws are necessary to safeguard our democracy,” said Congresswoman Kuster. “This is despite the fact there is no evidence of such fraud. Rather than protecting our democracy, voter suppression efforts threaten to undermine the legitimate right of people to exercise their self-determination at the ballot box. The extreme bias of this commission was on full display in an op-ed written by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, in which he pointed to the use of out-of-state licenses to vote as proof of widespread voter fraud in New Hampshire. This conclusion by Secretary Kobach is a false assumption and ignores New Hampshire Law. The 2015 New Hampshire Supreme Court case Annemarie Guare v. State of New Hampshire ruled that these voters, specifically college students, have a constitutional right to exercise domicile in New Hampshire and vote while they live here to attend college. The accusations levied by Secretary Kobach are an insult to thousands of local officials and volunteers, both Republican and Democrat, who ensure our free and fair elections in New Hampshire and make the Granite State worthy of being the first-in-the-nation presidential primary. I am committed to ensuring that no legal voter is denied their constitutional right to cast a ballot in New Hampshire and urge the commission to stop spreading deceptive and erroneous data to undermine faith in our elections.”

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