A day after admonishing the vice chairman of President Trump’s election integrity commission for making unsubstantiated allegations of voter fraud in New Hampshire, Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap said it is becoming clear that most of his fellow commissioners define voter fraud not as violations of voting laws but as having policies that make it easy for people they don’t want to see voting having too easy a time doing so. “Maybe I’m being too cynical,” Dunlap said Wednesday, “but they are looking at voter fraud as being if legislatures are making it too easy for people who don’t own property in a town to register there.” Dunlap – who has been criticized by fellow Democrats for participating in the voter fraud commission – emerged as one of the panel’s most vocal critics during its meeting Tuesday at St. Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire. He said Kris Kobach’s suggestion that thousands of people had acted illegally when they registered to vote in New Hampshire using out-of-state licenses was a “reckless statement to make” and factually untrue.
“Making this equation that somehow people not updating their driver’s license is an indicator of voter fraud would be almost as absurd as saying, ‘If you have cash in your wallet, you’ve robbed a bank,’” Dunlap told his fellow panelists.
Kobach’s assertions were made in a recent article in former Trump adviser Steve Bannon’s Breitbart News, a white nationalist-aligned news outlet where Bannon is now a paid columnist. Kobach, the Kansas Secretary of State and gubernatorial candidate, said in the article that it appeared the New Hampshire U.S. Senate race – in which Republican incumbent Kelly Ayotte was narrowly defeated by Democrat Maggie Hassan – “was stolen through voter fraud.”