Trump Alleges Voter Fraud in Some States, Including New Hampshire

New Hampshire State Representative Kathleen Hoelzel says there are layers of safeguards to prevent voter fraud in the state

The New Hampshire Attorney General's office says it doesn't have evidence to back up President-elect Donald Trump's claims that there is "serious" voter fraud in the state.

Trump, a Republican, said on Twitter Sunday the media isn't reporting on election fraud in New Hampshire, Virginia and California. He provided no evidence to back up his claims. But his comment comes as state Republicans, including governor-elect Chris Sununu, are calling for an overhaul of election laws, including same-day registration.

Assistant Attorney General Brian Buonamano handles the state's election law complaints. He couldn't provide an exact number of complaints his office has received but says he is looking into less than five concerning voter fraud.

He says there is no indication of a "coordinated, widespread effort" to commit voter fraud here.

New Hampshire State Representative Kathleen Hoelzel chairs the New Hampshire election law committee and she runs the elections in Raymond. Hoelzel says she voted for Trump, but disagrees with the President-elect on his recent Tweet.

"I don't understand where any of it's coming from," Hoelzel said.

The representative said she can't speak for Virginia or California, but in New Hampshire Hoelzel says there are layers of safeguards to prevent voter fraud.

"I think it works out well because they have to show the documentation. They have to sign affidavits. We take pictures. So we are going to find them if they're illegal," Hoelzel explained.

New Hampshire State Representative Max Abrahamson, a 2016 libertarian candidate for governor, says he's seen voter fraud in action.

"We have people coming in as far away as Connecticut, Pennsylvania, sometimes New Jersey, without of state plates and bumper stickers for out of state politicians and they come right up to the sign holders and they say, 'how do I go vote here,'" Abrahamson explained.

Abramson says evidence has been turned into the attorney general's office over the years, but says it is rarely investigated.

Copyright AP - Associated Press
Contact Us