The controversy will kick off before the 10 a.m. ET meeting starts. In the same election, President And Trump lost New Hampshire's four electoral votes to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton by less than 2,800 votes. The commission has operated in a secretive manner and sought information about voters from states that is clearly protected. He said it would have been easy to go vote in NY in place of those people. Here's NPR's Pam Fessler.
Commissioner Dunlap slammed Kobach's claims as "reckless" at Tuesday's meeting.
"So the notion that the commission's collection of data and investigating of this issue causes any state to do anything is a ridiculous statement".
FESSLER: But just last week, the commission's vice chair, another Republican, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, seemed to contradict him.
White House policy adviser Stephen Miller told ABC News in February: "Having worked before on a campaign in New Hampshire, I can tell you that this issue of busing voters into New Hampshire is widely known by anyone who's worked in New Hampshire politics".
"We'd witness a sterling example of the law of unintended consequences", he said. "Making this equation that somehow people not updating their driver's licenses is indicative of voter fraud would be nearly as absurd as saying if you have cash in your wallet that's proof that you robbed a bank".
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After all, if a person does not accept that mass voter fraud is a reality in the United States, it would pretty hard to marshal evidence to convince her otherwise: A five-year investigation into voter fraud by the George W. Bush administration turned up exactly 26 instances of the phenomenon; a November 2014 study turned up virtually no evidence of in-person voter fraud; and research conducted by the Brennan Center for Justice that same year uncovered 31 credible allegations of voter fraud for every 1 billion votes cast - a fraction of the number of legal citizens who were denied the right to vote for lacking proper identification during the same time period.
DUNLAP: It oversimplifies the model to say that there's a direct path to fraud through the driver's license.
FESSLER: Still, the issue will likely take center stage tomorrow.
But perhaps the strongest argument against the legitimacy of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, wrote The Atlantic's Vann R. Newkirk II, is the tendency for Trump and Kobach and other fraud inquisitors to make false, unverified, or disputed claims of fraudulent voting, then using those claims as evidence that anti-voter-fraud efforts are necessary, and when claims are debunked, citing that as a demonstration of the need to pursue the subject more thoroughly. "Our election process must be secure, fair and transparent, yet Trump and Kobach are using their sham commission to spread the lie of rampant fraud as a Trojan Horse for voter suppression", said Dale Ho, the director of the ACLU's Voting Rights Project. Already, the commission's unofficial leader has warmed up for the session by suggesting that the election in November of Sen. It seems to be that there are folks out there who don't want an answer to this.
Kobach added yesterday that there's a "high possibility" the commission he helps lead will make no recommendations once it completes its work. He also says that our paper ballots actually keep our information more private than that of voters in many other states. When he was counsel to the head of the Civil Rights Division in the Bush Justice Department, six former lawyers in the Department's Voting Section called von Spakovsky the "point person for undermining the Civil Rights Division's mandate to protect voting rights". Von Spakovsky dismisses those complaints.
"Von Spakovsky may now appreciate that his position on the Commission has become untenable and that he should resign", Bauer wrote in a post on his website.
Watch a live stream of the meeting below. Room at tomorrow's meeting is also limited, and there's no time on the agenda for public comment. Last month, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer of NY compared the commission to the white supremacists who marched in Charlottesville, Virginia, and said he would try to eliminate the panel as part of a must-pass bill.