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Election official calls on Trump to provide evidence of N.H. voter fraud

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A Democratic federal election commissioner is again asking President Trump to provide the public with evidence to corroborate his claim of voter fraud in New Hampshire during the November election.

Ellen L. Weintraub, who also called for Trump to release proof in February, sent the Republican president a strongly worded letter on Wednesday, urging him to provide evidence of his claim that thousands of Massachusetts residents were bused to New Hampshire on election day to vote against him.

“This allegation of a vast conspiracy, involving thousands of people committing felony criminal acts aimed at stealing the election, has deeply disturbed citizens throughout America,” Weintraub wrote.

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“I have heard from many of them, including proud and patriotic New Englanders who are shocked by the allegation and feel that it impugns their historic role in our democracy,” the letter stated.

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Weintraub questioned Trump’s claim about the bused voters, stating that “no bus expenses have been accounted for on any campaign-finance filing” and said his allegation would fall directly under the commission’s jurisdiction.

The letter reiterated a statement Weintraub sent last month after Trump alleged that voter fraud in New Hampshire kept him and former senator Kelly Ayotte from winning their races in the state.

An aide for Ayotte at the time said that the former senator does not believe she lost because of voter fraud. The fraud claims had been made during a meeting with senators in the White House about Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.

“Allegations of this magnitude cannot be ignored,” Weintraub wrote at the time.

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It wasn’t the first claim Trump had made about New Hampshire voter fraud. Just a few weeks after the election, Trump tweeted, “Serious voter fraud in Virginia, New Hampshire and California — so why isn’t the media reporting on this? Serious bias — big problem!”

The tweet quickly attracted backlash from Granite State officials.

Prior to Trump’s tweet and about a week before the election, Governor Chris Sununu, a gubernatorial candidate at the time, told radio host Howie Carr that Democrats abuse New Hampshire’s same-day voting registration, and that, “when Massachusetts elections are not very close, they’re busing them in all over the place.”

Sununu told New Hampshire Public Radio’s “The Exchange” after the election that he was not aware of any “specific evidence of voter fraud.”

In her letter, Weintraub stressed that the American people place trust in the words of their president.

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“As the President of the United States of America — our head of government and our head of state — your words carry considerable persuasive and legal weight,” she said.

She also told Trump that “facts matter,” and that the American people deserves to see the evidence behind his allegations.

“Our democracy depends on the American people’s faith in our elections. Your voter-fraud allegations run the risk of undermining that faith.”

The White House press office did not return multiple requests for comment.

Felicia Gans can be reached at felicia.gans@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @FeliciaGans.