This is why Stacey Abrams wonâ€™t quit.
It begins with 92-year-old Christine Jordan, blocked from voting. By Brian Kemp. Watch this 59-seconds and you wonâ€™t wonder why Stacey Abrams wonâ€™t roll over and concede to Kemp.
Christine Jordan, aged 92, was blocked from voting today, thrown out of the polls with her walker â€” just one victim of Kempâ€™s mass cancellation of voter registrations â€” more than half a million Georgians purged in the night, stealthily, hidden from the public eye.
Jordan has been â€œvoting right here since 1968,â€ says her granddaughter Jessica Lawrence, the year Martin Luther King was shot. Jordanâ€™s vote registration has vanished, no record she EVER voted, though she tells me sheâ€™s never missed a vote in these 50 years.
No points for guessing Grandma Jordan is African-American.
And she had no warning, because Brian Kempâ€™s purge machine strikes with no notice sent. I reviewed my investigative files with Stacey Abrams back in 2014. She told me that what worried her more than anything about Kemp is that, â€œHe is doing this stealthily.â€
Abrams also was deeply concerned that our investigation found Kemp was working in secret coordination with Kris Kobach of Kansas. Our new legal actions revealed that Kobach supplied 108,000 of the names that Kemp purged. Purged in secret.
Jordanâ€™s granddaughter canâ€™t stop her tears, standing in the rain, crying. â€œItâ€™s horrible, â€¦she held civil rights meetings in her home â€¦and they had no record of her. She was here in the West End community when we couldnâ€™tâ€¦.â€
She canâ€™t get out the words, â€œcouldnâ€™t vote.â€
â€œAnd today, not being able to come out and voteâ€¦ Itâ€™s extremely emotional. And it BOTHERS me. Bothers me to my core.â€ Then Jessica apologizes for her tears. â€œIâ€™m sorry.â€
But itâ€™s Brian Kemp who should be sorry. We met Mrs. Jordan after escorting Rahiem Shabazz to the same voting station. They told him he couldnâ€™t vote either. So they gave him a provisional ballot.
Kemp has already ruled Rahiemâ€™s vote wonâ€™t be counted.
So Rahiem asked me whether he can go to federal court to get his vote counted. I called our lawyers. We are working through the night on it.
I have been with a hundred purged voters today, shunted to provisional ballots.
Stacey Abrams says we have to count those ballots. Not because sheâ€™s a candidate, but because sheâ€™s an American.
And, Mr. Kemp, this is 2018, not 1958.
I have cancelled all our flights home.
The Palast investigations team will not leave until Mr. Kemp is forced to count every vote. And may I remind you, Mr. Kemp, you are scheduled to meet us in federal court in Atlanta.
And for those of you who think the work of our little team has no effect, just ask Kris KobachÂ who lost his bid for Governor of Kansas tonight.
I cannot thank you enough for your support of this investigation.Â You can tell your grandchildren you didnâ€™t give in, you didnâ€™t give up.