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Letter: Our integrity is under attack



For the Monitor
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Our integrity is under attack

Every year, hundreds of Granite Staters gather to spend election day managing the polls. As moderators, we are privileged to help ensure that voting procedures are properly followed, voters’ privacy is secured, and only eligible voters are allowed to cast ballots. This is a responsibility that each of us takes very seriously.

We understand the scrutiny that New Hampshire voting receives, both as the host of the first-in-the-nation primary and also as a dedicated swing state. As moderators, we appreciate that the eyes of the country are on New Hampshire and that our elections must be fair and accurate.

But now our integrity, and that of our fellow volunteers, is under outrageous attack. In recent months, there have been incessant rumors that voter fraud exists in our state. There are those who claim ineligible out-of-staters consistently cast ballots in New Hampshire.

These claims are just not true.

New Hampshire election workers do not let unqualified people cast ballots. Any individual who comes into a polling location with a permitted out-of-state license or no license at all must provide legally required information proving domicile for voting. Only then are they welcomed to cast their ballot.

Commission Vice Chair Kris Kobach’s baseless claims of voter fraud in New Hampshire are an affront to our work and the work of all election volunteers. When he attacks the integrity of our voting system, he is attacking each and every election worker committed to volunteering on election day. He is questioning our ability to do our jobs.

New Hampshire runs fair and legitimate elections. We will not sit silently as these accusations continue. We will stand up to defend New Hampshire voting, and we urge anyone else who believes in the legitimacy of our elections to do the same.

DANIEL EATON

Stoddard

PETER BURLING

Cornish

STEPHEN H. TAYLOR

Plainfield

MERLE SCHOTANUS

Grantham

PAUL FRANKLIN

Plainfield

MIKE EVERNGRAM

Durham

(Eaton, Burling, Taylor and Schotanus are former moderators. Franklin and Everngram are current moderators. Among them, they have more than 200 years of combined experience as municipal and school district moderators.)