Joe Biden’s niece voted in New Hampshire but lives in New York
Here in New Hampshire we have pretty lenient rules when it comes to deciding who is eligible to vote in the state. Non-resident students who are attending school in the state are allowed to vote in New Hampshire , as are those who declare New Hampshire as a domicile even if they have a residence in another state.
The rules for applying for domicile status are pretty vague and are open to liberal interpretation:
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.
As you can see this makes the New Hampshire law ripe for abuse when a person can “live” in the state the day before and the day after the election and have the right to vote in the state.
And abused it was and by non other than the niece of Joe Biden and seven others who were working on Barack Obama’s reelection campaign in New Hampshire. Alana Biden, and her seven as of yet unnamed “coworkers,” set up a residence at Democrat Martha Fuller Clark’s house in order to work for Barack Obama. Shortly after voting in New Hampshire these eight people left the state to go back to the states they actually live in. Whether or not these people actually stayed with Ms. Clark is unknown, I doubt it but we will have to take their word for it at this point.
As Martha Fuller Clark states below, the state had to take their word for it when they applied for domicile status:
By and large, the young people who stayed with me were committed to New Hampshire, but given their age, whether they intended to stay is impossible to predict
Let’s face it, Fuller Clark knew what was going on, and with her silence condoned it, but the law protected her and the eight campaign workers so there isn’t much that can be done about it.
Unless these people went home on election day and also voted in the states they really live in, or cast absentee ballots in those states, there was no voter fraud committed. While technically no crime was likely committed, it was intellectually and morally wrong, and just plain dishonest, for this was done for purely political reasons.
New Hampshire was a closely contested race and the state was also considered a crucial battleground state, New York, where Alana Biden actually resides, was not. She made the political calculation, and I would guess at the behest of Barack Obama, that her vote would be more needed in New Hampshire than in New York and so she, and probably the seven others as well, gamed the system and helped the president win this crucial state.
The fact that such a highly connected Democrat in the Obama regime, with the help of a highly connected Democrat in the state of New Hampshire, was willing to bend the rules to help Barack Obama win reelection is troubling because it proves something I have been saying for awhile–Barack Obama and the Democrats will do anything it takes to win and keep their power.
It is time for New Hampshire to revisit this law along with the same day voter registration law in order to ensure that the political system in our state is not abused like this again. I am sure this is not the only case of abuse in New Hampshire during the 2012 election, but this is the most high profile of all of the cases and it shows us that something needs to change if we want to protect the integrity of the vote.