In February, the mainstream media (both nationally and in New Hampshire), the Democrat Party and the New Hampshire establishment-GOP (not that there is much difference substantively between them and the Democrats) all lost their minds when President Trump allegedly stated, during a meeting where no press was present, that he and former United States Senator Kelly Ayotte lost the 2016 election in New Hampshire because thousands of Democrat voters had been bused into New Hampshire from Massachusetts.
Trump was assailed for having “no evidence” that thousands of Democrat voters had been bused into New Hampshire from Massachusetts, although these same taking-heads and politicians were at the very same time demanding an investigation of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia despite the lack of any evidence of collusion. “Fact-checkers” proclaimed Trump’s claim “false”.
This is the brilliance of Trump. While it is not literally true that thousands of Democrat voters were bused into New Hampshire from Massachusetts, it is true that both the Presidential race and the United States Senate race were decided by out-of-State or drive-by voters and Trump’s tweet is finally drawing national attention to that fact.
Hillary Clinton’s margin of victory over Trump was only 2,736 votes:
Maggie Hassan’s margin over Ayotte was even less, a paltry 743 votes:
In contrast 1,423 persons were allowed to register to vote on election day with no ID at all while 5,903 were allowed to register using out-of-State licenses. The more than 7,300 voters who registered on election day with no ID or out-of-State licenses far exceeded the margins of victory in both the Presidential race and the Senate race.
It is fair to say that these drive-by voters decided the Presidential race and the Senate race because the bulk of the registrations occurred in Democrat strongholds.
Drive-by voting is “legal” in New Hampshire because Democrats held the Governor’s office from 1997-2003 and 2005-2017 and appointed judges and Attorney Generals who interpreted the domicile requirement in New Hampshire voting law so laxly as to eliminate it:
According to the Secretary of State’s Office, the law allows a pretty wide interpretation of who’s eligible to vote. Deputy Secretary of State Dave Scanlan said that in theory, a person could move into the state a day before an election, establish domicile in the state, vote and then leave the next day.
But just because “drive-by” voting is “legal” does not mean it is not voter fraud. All it means is that the law in New Hampshire -as interpreted by Democrat judges and Democrat Attorney Generals- allows voter fraud. Only permanent residents of New Hampshire should be considered legitimate voters. If a person is residing here only for a temporary purpose, he or she should not be allowed to vote here.
Yet the 2016 Presidential and United States Senate races were decided by voters who are not permanent residents of New Hampshire. So while Trump’s statement that thousands of Democrat voters were bused into New Hampshire from Massachusetts may not be literally true, it is absolutely true that out-of-State voters decided New Hampshire’s electoral votes and picked New Hampshire’s Senator.