Riding from O'Hare to the office for the first time, we passed several cemeteries with razor wire across the tops of their stone walls.
President Donald Trump's sham panel - the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, which was formed in May - has launched an assault on the right to vote. Such misleading allegations typify the voter-fraud campaign, because it's really a cure for which there is no disease. And it also includes expanding access to early voting, something that New Hampshire has unfortunately restricted, but that has clearly proven to increase participation in elections in other states.
Gardner took advantage of the forum to defend the results of the 2016 election against accusations of fraud in the wake of voting statistics released last week by Speaker of the House Shawn Jasper.
The group feels Kobach is suppression voters. And critics reply, "What problem?" Among them: The Heritage Foundation's Hans von Spakovsky, who plans to highlight egregious examples of voter fraud; and the Crime Prevention Research Center's John Lott Jr., who will advocate background checks for voters.
The reason why CNN may have zeroed in on "white men" in reporting on a voter fraud hearing is that many on the Left allege, as Perez does, that investigating voter fraud is done cynically with the goal of making it more hard for traditional Democratic voter demographics - such as African-Americans and young people - to vote.
So the truth isn't out there? And the myth about "illegal aliens" committing election fraud was born.
"Non-citizens are registered. Non-citizens are voting".
In response to the revelations, a Heritage Foundation spokesperson described the think-tank as "scrupulously nonpartisan".
"If the presidential election had been closer and had come down to a margin of three or four electoral college votes, then this voter fraud might have had extraordinary consequences", he wrote.
He said hackers have myriad ways of attacking voting machines.
That's not an indictment of Al Franken.
The vice chairman of the commission is Republican Kris Kobach, who's Kansas' secretary of state. How did felons get registered to vote in the first place?
We will not allow them to intimidate voters or prevent them from exercising their right to vote.
Maine Secretary of State Dunlap summed up the testimony this way: "The question appears to be, where is your pillow?"
"There's utterly no connectivity between motor vehicle law and election law. In Congress, I will not stop fighting to give every eligible voter a voice in our democracy".
The group worries the same barriers they've experienced trying to vote in Kansas could spread nationwide with Kobach's position on the national Election Integrity Commission.
He pointed to data showing that they had shown out-of-state driver's licenses at the polls and have yet to update those licenses, even though new residents are required to do so within 60 days of moving to the state.
"When pressed to explain further, many simply stated that they were provided a ballot, made their selections on the entire ballot and returned the completed ballot", he said. Jason Kander, the former Missouri secretary of state and head of the Let America Vote political action committee, was in New Hampshire in person Tuesday morning to protest the panel.
That law may be affecting the outcomes of some races.
Ayotte lost to Hassan by just over 1,000 votes out of almost three-quarters of a million ballots cast.
Don't be too quick to blame the Democrats, though - the same-day registration is a law passed by a Republican legislature and signed by a Republican governor.
Some gaps in this system were demonstrated by Project Veritas in January 2012, when it sent reporters wearing hidden cameras to polling stations in New Hampshire-which at that time also did not require voter ID-and used the names of dead people they obtained from local obituaries. This isn't an investigation, it's a kangaroo court that has put our access to the ballot box on trial.
As we all know, with this president if something goes wrong or he failed at something it's always someone else's fault.