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Report from NYC

Greg Palast 

In New York City. Robert is spending this Sunday morning asking for spare change from the ladies going into the bodega. He's supplementing his part time job washing patients' food trays at the hospital. But now, at least, he won't have to worry about getting exploited in a job at Amazon. ...more

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

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.

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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