A fired up Secretary of State William Gardner Friday flatly refused demands by the four Democratic members of the state’s congressional delegation that he step down from President Donald Trump’s election integrity commission after the panel’s vice chairman questioned the legitimacy of last year’s U.S. Senate race. Gardner, who is also a Democrat, told WMUR the comments by Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan and U.S. Reps. Carol Shea-Porter and Annie Kuster are “hypocritical.” “No, I’m not going to step down, and it’s hypocritical to ask me to step down as a member of a federal commission,” Gardner said. “Have they ever stepped down from a Senate committee or a committee that they serve on because they disagreed with someone on the committee?”
The panel’s vice chairman, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, wrote in an opinion piece on the conservative news and opinion site Breitbarton Thursday that new statistics issued by Gardner and New Hampshire Commissioner of Safety John Barthelmes suggest that Hassan’s victory over former Sen. Kelly Ayotte last year “was stolen through voter fraud.”
Kobach wrote that the same numbers suggest that Hillary Clinton may have illegitimately won New Hampshire’s four electoral votes over Donald Trump.
Gardner and Barthelmes wrote in a report released by New Hampshire House Speaker Shawn Jasper, R-Hudson, that 6,540 individuals registered to vote on Nov. 8 using an out-of-state driver’s license. As of last week, 1,014 of them had received New Hampshire licenses while 213 of the remaining 5,526 individuals had registered a motor vehicle in the state.