“Despite the intense furor over President Donald Trump’s voter-fraud commission, New Hampshire’s trademark civility reigned Tuesday as the panel gathered for its first public meeting outside the protected confines of the White House complex.
More than 100 protesters were on hand as the session kicked off, heckling some panelists and VIPs as they were escorted into the parking lot by police. But inside the not-quite-full, 300-person-capacity meeting room at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at St. Anselm College, the fireworks never materialized.
Despite the spirited start outside, the mood inside the hall remained largely subdued as wonky panels vetted the security of open source data, issues around USB device vulnerabilities, and the nuts and bolts of matching exhaustive voter-data files in the search for fraud.
Panelists were also treated to a demonstration of some of the historic New Hampshire voting machines that have been in use in the state since 1892.
Those protesting Tuesday’s event zeroed in on the assertion by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, vice chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Election Integrity, that driver’s license data suggest that out-of-state voters could have swung last year’s U.S. Senate race in New Hampshire to Democrat Maggie Hassan and away from Sen. Kelly Ayotte. One resident of neighboring Massachusetts carried a sign reading: “From MA, here to protest, not vote.””