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True the Vote admits it can’t backup dropbox fraud claims featured in 2000 Mules film

In a recent court filing, 2000 Mules gangsters, True the Vote, admitted that they didn’t have any back up whatsoever for their claims that Black people got $10 per ballot to vote several times and stuffed them in dropboxes.

In response to a subpoena issued by the Superior Court of Fulton County, Georgia, on behalf of the State Election Board, who had made a request for information, True the Vote admitted that they don’t know the name of their “anonymous” source, and they have no confidentiality agreement, which they had previously claimed existed. Indeed the right-wing group now say they have no physical evidence whatsoever in their “possession, custody, or control”.

True the Vote’s bogus claims of a giant criminal conspiracy to stuff ballot boxes were the focus of Dinesh D’Souza’s “documentary” 2000 Mules, which was released in May 2022, and heavily promoted by Donald Trump (who hosted the release at Mar-a-Lago).

What makes the story so sickening is that the Republican controlled Georgia state Election Board was quick to denounce True The Vote’s claims about stuffed dropboxes. Nevertheless, to stop this crime wave that never happened, Gov. Brian Kemp radically reduced the number of dropboxes in Black counties, while increasing them in white counties. Despite the lack of any evidence of a single case of a fraudulently cast absentee ballot, they have choked off almost entirely access to mail-in ballots, used overwhelmingly by Democrats.

That’s why we have to update our film Vigilante, because True the Vote’s power is rapidly increasing nationwide.

Thanks, in part, to the anti-dropbox hysteria whipped up by True the Vote and 2000 Mules, dropboxes have been outright banned in Arkansas and South Dakota, and courts in Wisconsin have ruled them illegal. Last year, Pennsylvania, Kansas, and Virginia all tried to enact laws to ban them, thankfully without success. Many other states have moved to restrict them, as in Georgia where they not only limited locations, but moved the dropboxes inside government buildings, meaning they are only accessible during business hours, which defeats much of their purpose — which is precisely the point.

Support Vigilantes Inc. — out fall 2024 — and get your name in the credits.

Greg Palast (Rolling Stone, Guardian, BBC) is the author of The New York Times bestsellers, Armed Madhouse, Billionaires & Ballot Bandits and the book and documentary, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy.
His latest film is Vigilante: Georgia's Vote Suppression Hitman

Palast is currently working on a new documentary Long Knife, exposing the Koch Brothers' theft of Osage oil, to be released in 2024.

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Zach D Roberts is an investigative photojournalist who covers far-right extremism and voter suppression in America. He covered the Unite the Right Rally in Chalottesville and his work there helped put four white extremists in jail. He co-produced Greg Palast's films The Best Democracy Money Can Buy and Vigilantes, Inc: America’s Vote Suppression Hitmen (out Fall 2024). Roberts is a Palast Investigative Fund Fellow and Puffin artist grant recipient.

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