Commission Vice Chairman Kris Kobach, Kansas's Republican secretary of state, also drew criticism for his recent, disputed assertion that illegal out-of-state voting played a role in New Hampshire's 2016 election results.
Thousands of same-day registrants, most from MA, illegally voted in the November 8 election in New Hampshire and tipped the state in Hillary Clinton's favor, voter integrity groups say, citing data released by New Hampshire officials.
While Gardner says his participation on the presidential commission is a public service, US Senator Jeanne Shaheen, a New Hampshire Democrat, said, she was "concerned that reckless accusations of widespread voter fraud and illegitimate elections in New Hampshire could jeopardize our state's first-in-the-nation presidential primary".
Kris Kobach may have thought he had a slam dunk case when he showed up in New Hampshire Tuesday to claim mass voter fraud.
King's comments, however, were the most critical so far by a member on the commission. Dunlap was responding to Kobach's column in Breitbart News, which was distributed widely in conservative networks, and to unproven assertions made by Trump himself that voter fraud was rampant in last year's election. As for the allegation that Russian Federation interfered in last year's election, King said that after an investigation: "It needs to be reported and it needs to be reported truthfully and the American people deserve to know".
Heritage lists all sorts of voting irregularities stretching back decades, including voter intimidation and charges of wrongdoing by election officials.
Dunlap says it's a delicate balance of shoring up the system without discouraging people from coming out to vote.
Kobach's evidence for these explosive claims?
Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson has turned over a database of state voter information to the Trump administration.
The panel also heard a presentation from three speakers on electronic voting systems and their impact on election integrity, and watched a demonstration of 19th century New Hampshire voting machines still in use today.
Democrats rallied outside, protesting the meeting as an attempt at voter suppression.
Indeed state law allows someone to be domiciled in New Hampshire for voting purposes while a resident of another state. Temple applied strict scrutiny to SB 3 because plaintiffs sued under the New Hampshire Constitution, which explicitly guarantees the right to cast a ballot. Now ahead of its second meeting in New Hampshire tomorrow, there's more controversy. The implication there, of course, is that these voters somehow traveled to the state for the sole goal of voting in the election and thereby tipped the tight election to Hassan.
Last year, the final count from the November presidential ballot showed that Democrat Hillary Clinton won almost three million more votes than Trump - 65,853,516 to 62,984,825.
Kobach's claim was quickly rebutted by New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner, a Democrat on the commission.
Gardner did not resign, but he did use Tuesday's commission meeting as an opportunity to publicly chide Kobach for his article. Some states have refused to share voter information.
"No widespread voter fraud exists in New Hampshire", ACLU of New Hampshire legal director Gilles Bissonnette claimed with a straight face in a column. Dunlap says just because someone doesn't have an in-state driver's license doesn't mean they've committed voter fraud. The statute requires voters who move to the state within 30 days of an election to provide proof that they intend to stay.
What's more, despite the fact that GOP-imposed voting restrictions tend to adversely affect minority communities, 12 of the 12 announced witnesses are white men.
"The problem that has occurred because of what you wrote is that the question of whether our election as we have recorded it is real and valid, and it is real and valid", Gardner said, prompting applause from the audience.