By Greg Palast for Truthout
Michigan officials declared in late November that Trump won the state’s count by 10,704 votes. But hold on â€“ 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?
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.
Support the 2016 Stolen Election Investigation
After investigating the REAL story of the recount, we stopped by the Department of Justice yesterday and handed them our Crosscheck petition, signed by 50,000 people. We have a lot more work to do and thankfully, our efforts are starting to get notice. We’re not done…
Thousands of bubbles filled in next to the candidate’s name couldnâ€™t be read by the optical scanning machines in Michigan and Wisconsin but a much better machine, the …more
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, theyâ€™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 Putinâ€™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 â€œdumpsterâ€
The nasty little secret of US elections, is that we don’t count all the votes.
In Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvaniaâ€”and all over Americaâ€”there were a massive number of votes that were simply …more
Before a single vote was cast, the election was fixed by GOP and Trump operatives.
Starting in 2013 â€“ just as the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act â€“ 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 GOPâ€“controlled states.
The system, called Crosscheck, is detailed in my Rolling Stone report,
â€œThe GOPâ€™s Stealth War on Voters,â€ 8/24/2016.
Crosscheck in action:Â Â
Trump victory margin in Michigan: Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 13,107
Michigan Crosscheck purge list: Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 449,922
Trump victory margin in Arizona: Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 85,257
Arizona Crosscheck purge list: Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 270,824
Trump victory margin in North Carolina: Â Â Â Â 177,008
North Carolina Crosscheck purge list: Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 589,393
On Tuesday, we saw Crosscheck elect a Republican Senate and as President, Donald Trump.Â 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 â€œCaging,â€ â€œpurging,â€ blocking legitimate registrations, and wrongly shunting millions to â€œprovisionalâ€ 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 theÂ White House â€” and explained how! The film’s massive success has led to lawsuits in IndianaÂ 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 Electionâ€, the film is available NOW with a tax-deductible donation to support our work.
Trump signaled the use of â€œCrosscheckâ€ when he claimed the election is â€œriggedâ€ because â€œpeople are voting many, many times.â€Â His operative Kobach, who also advised Trump on building a wall on the southern border, devised …more
By Greg Palast and Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
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 donâ€™t bite. But if youâ€™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 setâ€”Protect Your Vote with this no-cost ballot condom. Note: If youâ€™re white, youâ€™ve probably never seen a provisional ballot. But donâ€™t take chances.
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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 â€” 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 Bernieâ€™s pocket. Professional vote sleuth Greg Palast breaks down the numbers with Dennis J. Bernsteinâ€¦
Dennis J. Bernstein: Greg Palast, great to have you backâ€¦ Are we talking millions of votes not counted? What is this?
Greg Palast: Are you ready for this?
DB: I donâ€™t know.
Palast: Okay, take out a pencil and paper…
DB: Iâ€™m afraid.
Palast: The mail-in ballots: 1,173,943 uncounted. Provisional â€œplaceboâ€ ballots â€” when they donâ€™t want you to vote, they give you pretend ballots â€” there are 712,849 uncounted. This is two weeks after the election! Even Iran counts the votes within two weeks. And weâ€™re not doneâ€¦ 73,116 â€œotherâ€ votes have …more
by Greg Palast
Buckle up, America.Â The voting demolition derby that was the New York primary on Tuesday was merely the crash test for the coming voting wreckage in November:Â a carefully planned pile up.
Francesca Rheannon, whom you may know as the host of Writersâ€™ Voice radio, did the civic thing by volunteering to work the polls in a town east of New York City.
â€œI just got off my 17 hour shift as an election official.Â In my election district, out of 166 Democratic voters, 39 were forced to file affidavit ballots.Â The last [election] I worked in, exactly ONE voter needed an affidavit ballot.â€
Thatâ€™s nearly one of four voters. Why?Â Their names had gone missing from the voter rolls.
An affidavit ballot (called a â€œprovisionalâ€ ballot in most other states) is a kind of placebo ballot.Â You get to pretend to vote â€“ but the chance it will actually be counted is â€¦well, good luck.Â If your name is wrongly removed …more
The big boys are confident that Sen. Marco Rubio has locked up the Republican nomination. But whoâ€™s locked up Rubio?
I called my bookie in London. The betting professionals were not surprised at Marco Rubioâ€™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 Rubioâ€”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 Vultureâ€™s.
It was page one news in the New York Times: Paul Singer, Influential Billionaire, Throws Support to Marco Rubio for President.
Iâ€™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 Vultureâ€™s blessing signals to the other billionaires where to place their bets.
Singer doesnâ€™t â€œdonateâ€ to candidates. He invests in them. And he expects a big, dripping return on his money.
But why Rubio? Because Singerâ€™s little hatchling is doing The Vultureâ€™s bidding already. Singer has launched a murderous financial â€œvultureâ€ attack on Argentina. Singer is shaking down the gaucho nation for $3 billion.
Hereâ€™s the story. Decades ago, Argentinaâ€™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