Greg Palast, the journalist who earlier this month tipped Salon off to the widespread voter disenfranchisement in Georgia, uncovers how Brian Kemp, Georgia’s Secretary of State, wrongly canceled the registrations of no less than 340,134 voters in 2016 and 2017.
Palast discloses, based on evidence obtained through legal action, how Kemp, who is running for governor against Democrat Stacey Abrams, pulled off this mass purge. Tactics included the “postcard trick”: voters who missed previous elections must reply to a mailer (which looks a lot like junk mail). If they failed to respond, Kemp’s office asserts they no longer lived at their registration address and are then removed from the rolls.
But most of them hadn’t moved. Palast brought in experts to review the purge lists and, comparing the list to dozens of data bases, found that 340,134 had not moved but most were purged from the rolls—with no notice that they had lost their right to vote.
After much resistance, Kemp turned over the names and addresses of each one of the purged voters in response to a threat of a federal lawsuit. Palast, still noting that Kemp continues to conceal purge system information, filed suit against the candidate in federal court in Atlanta on October 19. He was joined by co-plaintiff Helen Butler of the Georgia Coalition for the Peoples Agenda, a organization chaired by civil rights icon Dr. Joseph Lowery.