Trump voter fraud commission sets first meeting outside DC

Trump voter fraud commission sets first meeting outside DC
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President Trump's voter fraud commission will hold its first meeting outside Washington, D.C., next month in New Hampshire, a member of the panel said Thursday.

New Hampshire Secretary of State William Gardner told local news station WMUR that the meeting would take place Sept. 12 and it will reportedly be held at Saint Anselm College.

Trump formed the voter fraud commission in May to investigate his baseless claim that millions of people voted illegally in the 2016 election.

The panel, which is being led by Vice President Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, held its first meeting in D.C. in July.

The Granite State has been the focus of some of Trump's past claims of voter fraud.


Trump claimed in February that he and former Sen. Kelly AyotteKelly Ann AyotteNew Hampshire governor signs controversial voting bill Former Arizona senator to shepherd Supreme Court nominee through confirmation process Shut the back door to America's opioid epidemic MORE (R-N.H.) would have won their respective races in the state were it not for “thousands” of illegal voters bused in from Massachusetts. Trump provided no evidence to support the claim.

New Hampshire's Attorney General Joseph Foster said at the time that campaign workers were bused in from Massachusetts, but there was no evidence that they voted in the state.

“We receive some complaints after every election and they are being reviewed,” Foster told WMUR. “They would implicate a very small number of people.”

“There may have been individuals coming up from Massachusetts to work on campaigns, and they may have been bussed, but there is no evidence that they voted.”

Ayotte lost to former Gov. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) in November by just over 1,000 votes. Trump lost the state to Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonClinton to headline trio of DNC fundraisers: report Allegations of ‘Trump TV’ distract from real issues at Broadcasting Board of Governors Chelsea Clinton: Politics a 'definite maybe' in the future MORE in the presidential race by 2,736 votes.

New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne ShaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne ShaheenBusinesses fear blowback from Russia sanctions bill Hillicon Valley: Trump officials deliver show of force on election security | Apple hits trillion | How fake Facebook groups manipulated real activists | Senate group seeks new Russia sanctions Senators introduce bill to slap 'crushing' new sanctions on Russia MORE (D) called Trump's accusation of voter fraud in the state a "dangerous lie" in a statement to WMUR.

"There is absolutely no evidence whatsoever of major voter fraud in New Hampshire's elections," she said. "President Trump continues to spread a dangerous lie, and it's long past time for Republican leadership in New Hampshire to stand up and defend our state's electoral system."