Voter Suppression with Greg Palast
Greg Palast has been called the “most important investigative reporter of our time “up there with Woodward and Bernstein” (The Guardian).
Palast has broken front-page stories for BBC Television Newsnight, The Guardian, Nation Magazine and now Rolling Stone Magazine.
On July 14, 2020, Palast released his new book: How Trump Stole 2020 – The Hunt for America’s Vanished Voters.
In September 2016, before US Presidential Elections, Palast released his movie The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: A Tale of Billionaires & Ballot Bandits, based on his New York Times bestselling books, predicting Donald Trump’s election. The film turned out to be a smash hit and continues to be shown all around the US as well as being used by grassroots activists as an organizing tool to fight voter suppression. The updated, post-election edition of the film, now titled The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: The Case of the Stolen Election was released in November 2017.
Palast is also the author of the New York Times bestsellers Billionaires & Ballot Bandits, Armed Madhouse , The Best Democracy Money Can Buy and the highly acclaimed Vultures’ Picnic, named Book of the Year 2012 on BBC Newsnight Review.
GOP and right wing groups are purging voter rolls and have been since at least 2014
SIX STATES ARE facing federal lawsuits and threats of litigation from the ultra-conservative nonprofit Judicial Watch that could jeopardize the integrity of upcoming primary and general elections.”
Voter Purges by right wing lawyers
In November, many swing state voters won’t get to cast a ballot. That’s by design….Percentage of registered voters removed from rolls, 2016-18 by State”
In June 2014, Miller and her four fellow election commissioners received a letter threatening legal action if they did not purge voters from the rolls. The letter came from the American Civil Rights Union (ACRU), a Virginia-based group that has fashioned itself in recent years as a conservative counterpart to the ACLU…….The commissioners wanted to fight back, but lacking the funds to hire an attorney, they decided not to respond and waited to see what would happen next to small, rural counties across Mississippi, Texas, Kentucky, Alabama, and Arizona the year before.”
Legal battles over voter roll purges heat up as mail-in ballot fight continues
Conservative groups have accelerated their litigation to push state officials to purge voter rolls, in moves that could affect who receives mail-in ballots in this time of Covid-19 and could impact November’s presidential contest….At the US Supreme Court, the dueling ideological interests emerged in a 2018 voter-purge dispute from Ohio. The five-justice conservative majority emphasized reports of millions of inaccurate or invalid voter registrations as the court upheld Ohio’s purge practice. The four liberal justices, in dissent, highlighted barriers to casting a ballot and the importance of voting in a democracy.”