Brian Kemp purged half a million voters in 2017 ahead of his race for the governor's office against the Democratic Party's candidate, Stacey Abrams. He said they left the state. (There must have been moving vans everywhere!) Our experts went ...more
Stacey Abrams, who refused to officially concede defeat in her bid for Governor, filed suit today in federal court in Atlanta charging the entire election process was hopelessly tainted. Charging Kemp "grossly mismanaged" election and "unconstitutionally ...more
Georgia state Senator Nikema Williams didn't plan on being arrested last week. She certainly didn't think she'd be zip-tied by cops and asked to submit to a strip search. ...more
There's a fascinating history to what Joe Madison calls "James Crow, Esq., voting suppression" — and that history tells us what we can do to solve the problem of Republicans using the Help America Vote Act to block people from ...more
Days ago, I received a call from Stacey Abrams' lead attorneys. Our investigative team had "gold," as they put it, for litigating the election: Expert analysis proving 340,134 voters were wrongly purged. Plus, we had ...more
My very first US investigative report was published by Salon in 2000 about the theft of the vote in Florida, then still in progress. Fast-forward to 2018 and the photos are nearly identical to 2000 — GOP bullies trying to ...more
Georgia state police have arrested 12 Black Lives Matter activists for hoisting balloons in front of the capital that spell out "340,134" — the number of voters the Palast team uncovered as wrongly purged from ...more
Half a million Georgia voters were purged with no notice — and their provisional ballots likely won't be counted. Brian Kemp, who until this week was Georgia's secretary of state, is stealing the gubernatorial election from Stacey Abrams. It begins with ...more
[Atlanta] "I was blocked from voting for Stacey Abrams." Yasmin Bakhtiari is upset, horrified and determined. Her family had fled Iran for American democracy. But New York born Yasmin found democracy disappeared now that she's located ...more
[Macon, Georgia.] On Sunday, I watched President Trump warn a rally that Stacey Abrams, “is one of the most extreme far left politicians in the entire country". Trump's rant against Abrams has not driven away her many supporters. But voters like Rahiem Shabazz are being driven ...more
It’s not close, the Democrats won, if you counted all the votes...
Thom Hartmann and Palast discuss Ohio 12th District Race and Kansas GOP Gubernatorial Primary between Colyer and Kobach ...more
With Dennis J Bernstein
During an interview on Faux News, Donald Trump told Sean Hannity that the November 8th presidential election was going to be rigged. However, he conveniently forgot to mention the inconvenient truth that almost all of the rigging that’s going on is in his favor – and that much of it is being perpetrated by Republican lawmakers, who are taking advantage of a much-weakened Voting Rights Act.
While striking down one particularly onerous piece of legislation in the GOP state of North Carolina – which in addition to requiring voter ID, cut early voting, and eliminated same day registration, out of precinct voting, and pre-registration for those under 18 – the Fourth Circuit Appeals Court judge noted that the measures “targeted African Americans with almost surgical precision.”
It comes as no surprise that these GOP laws target people of color, who tend to vote overwhelmingly blue. Indeed, recent polls in Pennsylvania and Ohio have found that Trump is getting absolutely no support – zero, zip, zilch, nada – from Black Americans!
In this week’s Best Democracy Money Can Buy, Election Crimes Bulletin, the Sherlock Holmes of voting shenanigans, Greg Palast, and Flashpoints’ Dennis J. Bernstein discuss the North Carolina decision that struck down the state’s anti-voting law, alongside similar recent rulings in Texas, Wisconsin, and North Dakota. (A more temporary decision, which came down on July 29, also reversed vote suppression measures enacted by Kansas Secretary of State, and Vote-Rigger-In-Chief, Kris Kobach.) But first, Palast and Bernstein address Trump’s “concerns”.
Dennis J. Bernstein: Let’s start with Trump and his claims of potential voter fraud. Here’s what Trump said about his fears:
“I’m telling you, November 8th, we better be careful because that election is going to be rigged. And I hope the Republicans are watching closely, or it’s going to be taken away from us.”
He went on to promise “a bloodbath” if the Democrats attempted to “steal the election.” Well, Greg, it looks like we’re back right in the middle of your hysteria factory.
Greg Palast: Every con man does the same thing. They tell you, …more
With Dennis J Bernstein for Reader Supported News
This week on The Best Democracy Money Can Buy – Election Crimes Bulletin – the Crime Scene: California. The Crime? Two million votes still not counted. One million ballots already disqualified, thrown away. Another million so-called provisional “placebo” ballots. Here’s the story of the voting horror show you won’t get on Fox or MSDNC.
Greg Palast: I think we need to get a long piece of yellow tape that says “crime scene” and wrap it around the state of California. It was ugly. Days before the election the polls were showing it was a dead heat between Senator Sanders and Secretary Clinton, with Sanders rising. How could it be what the AP called “a crushing victory” with so-called 96% of the vote counted? The answer is that 96% of the vote has not been counted.
Specifically, the mail-in ballots, which tend to be the Democratic Party regulars, were counted first – they’re all Hillary folk. She’s leading among registered Democrats by about 30%. But those who got NPP, …more
by Greg Palast with Dennis J Bernstein
For Reader Supported News
Listen in while Dennis J Bernstein and I take you through that ugly sausage factory called the American voting system. Dennis J Bernstein and I have begun a weekly radio broadcast, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: The Election Crimes Bulletin, on his Pacifica broadcast, “Flashpoints.”
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[Los Angeles] Woop! Woop! Alert! Some California poll workers have been told to give “provisional” ballots to all independent voters in Tuesday’s Democratic Party.
That’s wrong. That’s evil. That’s sick and illegal.
Here’s the 411. If you’re registered as an independent voter in California, you have the right to vote in the Democratic Presidential Primary. Just ask for the ballot.
But look out! Reports out of Orange County are that …more
A lot of advice we’re getting from our progressive friends is to take photos of your ballot and silly stuff like that. Well, that’s all about how to complain after they steal it. I have a better idea: Win, don’t whine.
#1: Gang Vote
Arrive with five! Never go bowling, make love or vote alone. And volunteer at get-out-the-vote operations. It’s worth it just for the stale donuts, cold coffee and hot democracy.
#2: Tell Them to Take Their Provisional Ballot and …
If they try to hand you a “provisional ballot,” scream bloody murder. If there’s a problem with your ID or registration, demand adjudication from a poll monitor, come back with proper ID, or demand appeal to the county supervisor of elections.But don’t just walk away. If it’s provisional or nothing, take it — then return for the count to defend it.
#3: Get to Work
Volunteer to bring out the vote. Or watch a poll — to challenge the challengers. Get credentials; don’t freelance — you’ll likely get thrown out. Either get credentials from the parties or get information on how you can slay vote-eating dragons in your area from the National Campaign for Fair Elections the umbrella group including NAACP, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law and People for the American Way (NationalCampaignForFairElections.org).
Bonnie Raitt, Larry David and friends invite you to join Jackson Browne, Ed Asner, Ben Vereen and other stars on the November 16, 6-8pm at an intimate gathering in the home of Code Pink’s Jodie Evans in Beverly Hills, California, to support the Palast Investigative Fund, a 501c3 educational foundation. For details and to request one or two of the limited number of invitations, go to http://www.palastinvestigativefund.org/november-16th-fundraiser .
for Yes! Magazine
A nasty little secret of American democracy is that, in every national election, ballots cast are simply thrown in the garbage. Most are called “spoiled,” supposedly unreadable, damaged, invalid. They just don’t get counted. This “spoilage” has occurred for decades, but it reached unprecedented heights in the last two presidential elections. In the 2004 election, for example, more than three million ballots were never counted.
Almost as deep a secret is that people are doing something about it. In New Mexico, citizen activists, disgusted by systematic vote disappearance, demanded change ”” and got it.
In Ohio, during the 2004 Presidential election, 153,237 ballots were simply thrown away ”” more than the Bush “victory” margin. In New Mexico the uncounted vote was five times the Bush alleged victory margin of 5,988. In Iowa, Bush’s triumph of 13,498 was …more