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Wahlexperte Greg Palast: "Thanks to the suppression of GOP voters, the Democrats have effectively lost"



There are elements that can act on the current race of the Governor of Georgia and fundamentally undermine confidence in democracy. If Republican candidate Brian Kemp, the current foreign minister, wins the election, his victory will likely seem illegitimate. Impartial observers will never be able to say whether he would have won if every eligible voter in the state had been able to vote. If he loses, there is little doubt that the victory of Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams will be seen as an existential threat to the same forces who have tried to crack down on them.

Salon emailed Greg Palast, the journalist who had previously tipped Salon to a widespread voter alienation in Georgia earlier this month. Palace has created a website that can help you find out if you have been freed from the roles.

How many Georgians have you been deprived of and what is your evidence?

Brian Kemp, Georgia's Foreign Minister, has released 550,702 Georgians from voter lists in 201

6 and 2017 – thus canceling their applications. I do not advise. After much resistance, Kemp presented the names and addresses of each of these purge voters in response to a threatening federal lawsuit (which I filed with the federal court in Atlanta and on Friday at Kemp).

Of this, we are certain that 340,134 were wrongly removed without being cleaned up. I would like to thank Salon for your report, which became viral and let the Georgians know that my foundation had listed all the names of GregPalast.com's cleansed names. Unfortunately, there were only a few days left to register again, but it seems that thousands did so

That still leaves hundreds of thousands of people deprived of their rights. If they appear for election on 6 November – although they do not receive polling stations or if they do not receive voting cards – they can only receive "preliminary ballots" with little or no chance of being counted.

How did Kemp do this mass cleaning? He "voided" voters from his so-called "inactive" list of his state based on his claim that they had all moved out of the state or out of their county.

But they had not moved. According to a team of experts led by John Lenzer, CohereOne's CEO, 340,134 had never moved. Lenzer led a group of the nation's best "Advanced Address Hygiene" professionals who use dozens of databases (including deep postfiles) to know exactly where each American lives. Our experts advise companies like American Express to make sure you get your bill (or find it if you do not pay).

As Lenzer told me about the 340,134 Georgians: "They did not move and they should not have been removed from the electoral rolls."

How could Kemp claim these voters had moved? Everyone was "guilty" of missing out on the 2014 and 2016 elections and they failed to return a postcard. The postcard looks like junk mail; most people throw it away. Kemp rightly argues that the Supreme Court said that states could use this procedure – but only as long as the state had a good faith base to believe that voters had moved.

Kemp sent the list "inactive-canceled" to counties to check the accuracy of the list, damn well, the counties do not have the experts and resources to do that.

That's how I did it for you now. I have every single name and address of every voter who has not moved. I would like to note that this does not include the tens of thousands of voters who have moved within their district, which should not be removed under federal law.

What methods has the office of Brian Kemp used to disenfranchise these voters? [19659014] Apart from what I call the "postcard trick" to get rid of a third of a million voters, Kemp has a devil's kit of waving tricks.

For example, Kemp sent consultants to tell counties to close polling stations – which, above all, are in black neighborhoods. I saw this in the 6th congressional district of Georgia, which partly explains the defeat of Democrat Jon Ossoff in the 2017 special elections there. My daughter, a Georgia voter, could tell you all about how Kemp (and other GOP officials) held polling stations.

Kemp demands "exact matches" of voter ID, letter by letter, number by number, with the To fit state and federal registries filled with typos. If you are García-Márquez, forget to register. Hyphens and accents – and you know which voters have them – will likely not pass this crazy test. That's the heart of the problem with the 53,000 registered registrations – some five years old – that were not put on the rolls.

Then there are threats and intimidation against voter registration groups. GOP officials sent the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to raid the offices of 10,000 Korean voters, threatening to prosecute volunteers who registered voters on strange nonsense grounds. After two years of "investigation," the charges were dropped, but the registration efforts were dropped.

I could go on.

Tell me more about the lawsuit you filed.

As you can see, Kemp is a real piece of work. I've been investigating it for five years, starting with Al Jazeera in 2014 and Rolling Stone in 2016. It has completely rejected our requests for public records – especially the names, addresses and reasons for cleaning up Georgian voters. With Helen Butler of the Georgia Coalition for the Peoples' Agenda, Rev. Joseph Lowery's Civil Rights Group, our law firm sent us a 90-day notification that we would file a federal lawsuit if he did not open his files. This forced him to give us the names and addresses we investigated – but he still holds documents that we believe use Kris Kobach's infamous "Interstate Crosscheck" lists from Kansas for Kemp. [That state’s secretary of state, and also the Republican gubernatorial nominee this year.] Kobach is known as Trump's "fraudulent voter" hunter.

Kemp admits that he gave Kobach the entire voter file of the state and gets back a "hit list" from Kobach – but Kemp claims he never used it and "can not find" the cross check lists. I'm sorry, Brian, but your deputy admitted to using the list and even gave the Kobach list to a reporter you thought was a Republican who would give you glowing publicity. However, the reporter has actually worked for me – for the Rolling Stone investigation. Gotcha!

And now, Mr. Kemp, you have the opportunity to explain these contradictory statements to a federal judge.

I would find that my suit as a journalist only requires information. However, the Atlanta NAACP, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the Rainbow / PUSH Coalition will use the information we have from Kemp in court to stop this New Jim Crow cleanup operation.

How is this part of a a nationwide larger pattern in terms of voters' choice?

I have already filed 90-day letters of intent to file federal lawsuits against 26 other state secretaries and electoral boards. Kemp has not invented anything – he and his buddy Kris Kobach from Kansas are simply the vanguard of a new wave of officials, most (but not all) Republicans using suspicious and racially venomous plans like the Interstate Crosscheck to cleanse their electoral rolls.

Most officials have raised their hands and opened their files. In addition to Georgia, I've already posted the ridiculously large cleanup lists from Indiana, Nevada, Nebraska, Illinois, and Colorado to GregPalast.com, with more coming.

In the case of Indiana, for example, our experts found an excessive number of voters on Kobakh's cross checklist (46 percent) that had been sent to Indiana's GOP officials had been deleted. When asked, the Indiana Board of Elections lawyer admitted it appeared that Indiana had cleaned voters in violation of a federal court ruling. Injury or not, at least 20,000 voters tagged by Kobach were falsely removed from voter lists in a state with a close US Senate race.

And I'm sorry to say, I have a lot of ugly games with registration and uncovered ballots in the Democratic polling stations, but not on the GOP's nationwide scale [194559025] Could this electoral democratization for the Democrats in Georgia or elsewhere, make the difference between victory and defeat?

Absolutely. We look at dead-heat races in Nevada, Indiana and Arizona, where you should not be surprised to see a "redshift", that is, republican victories in races where the polls show a democratic victory. This is explained by temporary and absent ballots that are denied (due to registration or identity card or other issues) – people can tell the pollsters how they voted, but not if their vote was counted.

The fact that millions of voters have lost their applications Note that they have been cleared means that the Democrats have effectively lost any chance of winning key-votes before a single vote is cast.


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