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A note in the snow

Greg Palast 

Last week, I flew to Detroit with my team at the request of a major west coast publication. When I landed, they got cold feet; assignment cancelled. Without funding to continue, I should have …more

The Republican Sabotage of the
Vote Recounts in Michigan and Wisconsin

Greg Palast 

By Greg Palast for Truthout

Photo of Michigan ballot with bubble. (Image courtesy of Palast Investigative Fund, 2016)
Before the Electoral College votes, they should know this.

Michigan officials declared in late November that Trump won the state’s count by 10,704 votes. But hold on – a record 75,355 ballots were not counted.

The uncounted ballots came mostly from Detroit and Flint, majority-Black cities that vote Democratic.

According to the machines that read their ballots, these voters waited in line, sometimes for hours, yet did not …more

Palast Report for Democracy Now!:
By Rejecting Recount, Is Michigan Covering up 75,000 Ballots Never Counted?

Greg Palast 

Officially, Donald Trump won Michigan by 10,704 votes. But a record 75,335 votes were never counted. Most of these votes that went missing were in Detroit and Flint.

How do you disappear 75,335 votes? I flew to Michigan to investigate.

 


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Thousands of bubbles filled in next to the candidate’s name couldn’t be read by the optical scanning machines in Michigan and Wisconsin but a much better machine, the …more

The No-BS Inside Guide to
the Presidential Recount
Sorry, no Russian hacker hunt

Greg Palast 

by Greg Palast for Truthout

There’s been so much complete nonsense since I first broke the news that the Green Party would file for a recount of the presidential vote, I am compelled to write a short guide to flush out the BS and get to just the facts, ma’am.

 

Nope, they’re not hunting for Russian hackers

To begin with, the main work of the recount hasn’t a damn thing to do with finding out if the software programs for the voting machines have been hacked, whether by Putin’s agents or some guy in a cave flipping your vote from Hillary to The Donald.

The Green team does not yet even have the right to get into the codes. But that’s just not the core of the work.

The ballots in the electoral “dumpster”

The nasty little secret of US elections, is that we don’t count all the votes.

In Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania—and all over America—there were a massive number of votes that were simply …more

The Election Was Stolen – Here’s How…

Greg Palast 

Before a single vote was cast, the election was fixed by GOP and Trump operatives.

Starting in 2013 – just as the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act – a coterie of Trump operatives, under the direction of Kris Kobach, Kansas Secretary of State, created a system to purge 1.1 million Americans of color from the voter rolls of GOP–controlled states.

The system, called Crosscheck, is detailed in my Rolling Stone report,
“The GOP’s Stealth War on Voters,” 8/24/2016.

Crosscheck in action:  
Trump victory margin in Michigan:                    13,107
Michigan Crosscheck purge list:                       449,922

Trump victory margin in Arizona:                       85,257
Arizona Crosscheck purge list:                           270,824

Trump victory margin in North Carolina:        177,008
North Carolina Crosscheck purge list:              589,393

On Tuesday, we saw Crosscheck elect a Republican Senate and as President, Donald Trump.  The electoral putsch was aided by nine other methods of attacking the right to vote of Black, Latino and Asian-American voters, methods detailed in my book and film, including “Caging,” “purging,” blocking legitimate registrations, and wrongly shunting millions to “provisional” ballots that will never be counted.



The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, which was based on our Rolling Stone report (“The GOP’s Stealth War On Voters“), was first released 2 months BEFORE the 2016 election. It predicted Trump would steal the White House — and explained how! The film’s massive success has led to lawsuits in Indiana and Illinois aimed at ending Crosscheck and demands from the NAACP, ACLU, Transformative Justice Coalition for a post-election update. Subtitled, “The Case of the Stolen Election”, the film is available NOW with a tax-deductible donation to support our work.


Trump signaled the use of “Crosscheck” when he claimed the election is “rigged” because “people are voting many, many times.”  His operative Kobach, who also advised Trump on building a wall on the southern border, devised …more

Don’t Vote Provisionally,
Vote Unconditionally!

Greg Palast 

By Greg Palast and Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

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                              Excerpt from “Steal Back Your Vote”

Some pinheads think that if they get a “provisional,” “affidavit” or “placebo” ballot, they should just walk away and not vote. NO NO NO NO NO. Read what voting rights attorney Bobby Kennedy and I have posted again and again. Fight, but don’t bite. But if you’ve exhausted your options, vote it and track it, if possible. In 2008, EAC records indicate 767,023 provisional ballots were cast and thrown in the garbage out of 2.1 million cast. That is, the chance your provisional vote gets tossed out is roughly 36.5%. So, follow our advice below on how to Vote Unconditionally, not Provisionally. This is #4 of the 7 Ways to Beat the Ballot Bandits. Download and get the whole set—Protect Your Vote with this no-cost ballot condom. Note: If you’re white, you’ve probably never seen a provisional ballot. But don’t take chances.

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How Bernie Won California:
The official un-count

Greg Palast 

by Greg Palast with Dennis J Bernstein for Nation of Change

This week on The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: The Election Crimes Bulletin we revisit the California primary crime scene and attempt to count the votes — something election officials in the state have failed to do. Officially, there are nearly 2 million votes that remain uncounted, and statistics show that the vast majority of these are favoring Bernie. If all votes were created equal and actually tallied, the Golden State would most likely be in Bernie’s pocket. Professional vote sleuth Greg Palast breaks down the numbers with Dennis J. Bernstein…

TRANSCRIPT (Originally broadcast on June 15, 2016)

Dennis J. Bernstein: Greg Palast, great to have you back… Are we talking millions of votes not counted? What is this?

Greg Palast: Are you ready for this?

DB: I don’t know.

Palast: Okay, take out a pencil and paper…

DB: I’m afraid.

Palast: The mail-in ballots: 1,173,943 uncounted. Provisional “placebo” ballots — when they don’t want you to vote, they give you pretend ballots — there are 712,849 uncounted. This is two weeks after the election! Even Iran counts the votes within two weeks. And we’re not done… 73,116 “other” votes have …more

New York voting fiasco just the warm-up
for the November game

Greg Palast 

by Greg Palast

Buckle up, America.  The voting demolition derby that was the New York primary on Tuesday was merely the crash test for the coming voting wreckage in November:  a carefully planned pile up.

Voter purgeImage from Palast’s upcoming film The Best Democracy Money Can Buy
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First, live from New York….

Francesca Rheannon, whom you may know as the host of Writers’ Voice radio, did the civic thing by volunteering to work the polls in a town east of New York City.

“I just got off my 17 hour shift as an election official.  In my election district, out of 166 Democratic voters, 39 were forced to file affidavit ballots.  The last [election] I worked in, exactly ONE voter needed an affidavit ballot.”

That’s nearly one of four voters. Why?  Their names had gone missing from the voter rolls.

An affidavit ballot (called a “provisional” ballot in most other states) is a kind of placebo ballot.  You get to pretend to vote – but the chance it will actually be counted is …well, good luck.  If your name is wrongly removed …more

Who hatched Rubio?

Greg Palast 

The big boys are confident that Sen. Marco Rubio has locked up the Republican nomination. But who’s locked up Rubio?

I called my bookie in London. The betting professionals were not surprised at Marco Rubio’s big Iowa showing. The smart money has been on Rubio since October 31–despite the fact that Rubio was polling at just 9%.

Paul Krishnamurty, politics odds analyst at Betfair.com, told me that, among professional betters, over just two days, Rubio soared from zero to odds-on favorite to win the GOP nomination.

Why would the guys who bet the rent money place it all on Rubio—and what suddenly changed on October 31?


Because, despite the fact that 9 of 10 Republicans rejected him, on Halloween, Rubio won the only vote that counts: The Vulture’s.

It was page one news in the New York Times: Paul Singer, Influential Billionaire, Throws Support to Marco Rubio for President.

I’ve been hunting Singer, AKA The Vulture, for nine years across four continents. And now the carrion-chewing billionaire has decided who will be your next President.

The Vulture, not the Kochs, has become the Number One funder of the Republican Party. The Vulture’s blessing signals to the other billionaires where to place their bets.

Singer doesn’t “donate” to candidates. He invests in them. And he expects a big, dripping return on his money.

But why Rubio? Because Singer’s little hatchling is doing The Vulture’s bidding already. Singer has launched a murderous financial “vulture” attack on Argentina. Singer is shaking down the gaucho nation for $3 billion.

Here’s the story. Decades ago, Argentina’s military dictatorship issued bonds that sucked the nation dry. When democracy returned, 97% of the banks that had funded the dictatorship agreed to take …more