Today a group of concerned citizens traveled to Concord to have a frank discussion with New Hampshire’s Secretary of State, Bill Gardner. The group had serious concerns about the information being provided to the President’s “Election Integrity Commission” and what the information would be used for.
The commission sent a letter to all 50 states last week requesting them to release personally identifying voter information, which it will then make public. Gardner serves on the commission and last week stated he will give the voter file to the commission. The NH ACLU filed a lawsuit for a temporary injunction on the matter earlier today to prevent him from doing so.
Today when asked Gardner provided some new details into what the commission is doing and that he does not want to make this information public.
First, Gardner explained that Kobach issued a retraction letter, though he has not seen it yet.
Gardner went on to say that he does not approve of the ‘Election Integrity Commission’ plan to publicly distribute personal voter data.
“I will make sure that that information is not gonna be put in the public domain,” said Gardner.
It is clear that Gardner shares the concerns of these fellow Granite Staters.
The big question is: What does Kris Kobach want to do with this information? Does Kobach plan to give this information to President Trump?
One Granite Stater asked, “Can you guarantee the current administration won’t be using that database in any way, shape, or form?”
Gardner responded, “We’ll have these discussions when there’s the first meeting,” implying he still does not know what the information is being gathered for.
Mo Baxley of Laconia then asked, “And you won’t turn over the information until those conversations.”
Gardner stated, “I want to make sure that this is not in the public domain, and what the guarantees are for that, and I expect that that is the case, and before it gets turned over, I will make sure that I’m satisfied that, that, that’s the case.”
Special Thanks to Granite State Progress for capturing all of this exchange on video.
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