Today, I filed an affidavit filed today in Federal District Court in Atlanta in support of Common Cause Georgia’s case filed against Brian Kemp, Secretary of State. (When Kemp resigned, the case continued against his successor Robyn Crittenden.)
I included the expert report from our consultant CohereOne stating that 340,134 voters wrongly purged from Georgia’s voter rolls “without notice” by Brian Kemp. All these voters lost their right to vote in 2016 and 2017 while Kemp was Secretary of State and preparing his run for Governor.
I also listed the names of voters, including the 92-year-old Christine Jordan, whom I witnessed illegally blocked from voting. I also told the court I witnessed and filmed voters illegally blocked from receiving provisional ballots:
“From my 18 years of experience in investigating voter purges nationwide, and from what I witnessed on Election Day in Georgia, there can be no doubt that the extraordinarily massive and wrongful purge by cancellation of voters is a major cause of the spike in provisional ballots and Election Day polling place chaos.
“Furthermore, the number of provisional ballots would have been higher, possibly by many multiples, except for poll workers and officials who refused purged voters provisional ballots.
“For example, Ms. Yasmin Bakhtiari told me via video that she found her registration cancelled on Election Day. Her request for a provisional ballot was rejected three times over a two hour wait.”
Our team has been investigating the purge of Georgia voter rolls by Kemp for 5 years, first for Al Jazeera and Rolling Stone and now for Salon and BET.
Our investigation was also cited by the Brennan Center for Justice and a Plaintiff for Common Cause of Georgia in their original application to delay the vote count deadline and count rejected provisional ballots.
Greg Palast (Rolling Stone, Guardian, BBC) is the author of The New York Times bestsellers, Billionaires & Ballot Bandits and the book and documentary,
The Best Democracy Money Can Buy.
His latest film is Vigilante: Georgia's Vote Suppression Hitman
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