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Greg Palast promises another expose on vote suppression

Posted By on Thu, Aug 25, 2016 at 3:44 PM


Remember Greg Palast? He's the journalist who exposed the Republican vote "caging" operation in Florida designed to suppress potential Democratic votes in Florida in 2004. Tim Griffin, then a political hit man for George W. Bush, was implicated in those activities. Palast has detailed other Republican vote suppression tactics in subsequent elections.

Well, he's back again. 

A PR release says Rolling Stone will release Friday results of an investigation by Palast that will alleged a scheme by 29 Republican state voting officials to remove voters. It apparently will pinpoint Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, whose voter purging efforts have already drawn wide attention.

Palast claims tens of thousands of voters have been targeted for purging, many for turning up on registration lists in more than one state. This can happen. It's not a crime. Voting in two places is. Convictions are virtually non-existent against the millions of legal votes cast in every election.

Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin recently put in motion a potential voter purge by distributing a badly flawed list of supposed felons to county clerks. He's refused to talk about it.  Martin and Kobach both serve on the executive committee of the Secure States Initiative, a right-wing outfit with voter suppression tactics and fear of immigrant on its list of issues.

Said the release on Palast's latest:

Taking off from Trump’s unsubstantiated claim that "people are voting many, many times," GOP officials are targeting voters who are allegedly voting or registered in two states and can therefore vote a second time in November. While voting twice is a felony crime, and less than 6 voters have been convicted of this crime, the GOP purge operation is removing tens of thousands of innocent voters as you read this.

Palast obtained the lists—kept "confidential" by states on grounds these MILLIONS are criminal suspects. The program is "dangerous" and "seriously biased against minorities." The swings states with tight Senate races, Ohio, North Carolina and Arizona are quietly removing voters through this racially poisonous purge operation.

Arkansas probably votes Trump, vote suppression or no vote suppression. But it will be interesting to see if Palast's review touches on Mark Martin's operation.

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