The Problem With Greg Palast

Posted in Library of Congress, Politics by chamblee54 on November 23, 2018

Georgia’s Kemp Purged 340,134 Voters, Falsely Asserting They Had Moved In the aftermath of the election from hell, stories like this keep appearing. The source of these articles is a reporter named Greg Palast. He seems to have come out of nowhere. Nobody seems to know who is financing Mr. Palast, or why. Wikipedia has a link to a critical article, Et Tu, Greg Palast? The last sentence: “Crawl back under your rock, Mr Palast!” Pictures today are from The Library of Congress.

“Last year, Brian Kemp, Georgia’s secretary of state canceled the registrations of over half a million Georgians because they left the state or moved to another county. Except they didn’t. The nation’s top experts in address location reviewed Kemp’s list of purged voters — and returned the names and addresses of 340,134 who never moved at all.”

The counties register voters, maintain voting places, and count the votes … a detail that is overlooked in the rush to blame Brian Kemp. However, the state is, apparently, responsible for maintaining the voter rolls. (Chamblee54 has never seen this policy spelled out officially.) Greg Palast says, at top volume to anyone who will listen, that the state did not do the job well.

“Now what about the voter purges? An investigative piece by American Public Media reported that nearly 600,000 Georgia voters were removed from the rolls in 2017. Team Kemp has an explanation for that: A 2016 lawsuit brought by Common Cause and the NAACP over the state’s voter list temporarily halted the biennial purge of inactive voters. After the lawsuit was thrown out, Georgia had two cycles’ worth of inactive voters to remove from its list.”

“Many of these voters were dead, convicted felons, or had moved out of the state. But others—107,000, APM estimates—were kicked off “because they had not decided to vote in prior elections.” The report admitted that while purging voters for this reason is legal, “voting rights advocates say [it] is a potential tool for voter suppression.”

“That tool is the “use it or lose it” law, and Georgia is one of nine states to have adopted such a law since Congress passed the National Voter Registration Act in 1993. Here’s how it works: If a registered voter does not vote in any election in Georgia for three consecutive years, he is considered to be inactive. This is a designation that’s required by the 1993 National Voter Registration Act before a state can revoke a voter’s registration. The voter is notified via a prepaid return postcard that he is inactive and can become active again in three ways: by voting again, by returning the notice, or by otherwise making contact with local elections officials. The inactive voter has an additional four years (or two federal election cycles) to reactivate his registration. The entire process takes seven consecutive years and doesn’t require a registered voter to vote at all—only make some form of contact renewing the registration.”

“In June of this year, the Supreme Court overruled a lower court opinion on a similar law in Ohio and found such procedures are not unconstitutional. Justice Samuel Alito, writing the majority opinion, argued that federal law prohibits failure to vote as the “sole criterion” for revoking a registration. But Ohio’s “use it or lose it” law, like Georgia’s, includes the return notice process, which the majority concluded was fully in line with federal law. All of which is to say that the “purges” attributed to Kemp are in keeping with state and federal law, passed by duly elected representatives.”

The non-hysterical explanation does not totally contradict the Palast version, nor does it confirm it. Mr. Palast does not look creditable with his heavy breathing videos. His shameless race baiting, (Mr. Kemp, are you removing black voters from the voter rolls just so you can win this election?) does not help his case. Nor do the lies Mr. Palast is telling.

“He will be the one —when people go to the polling stations and find they’ve been purged, and they fill out those provisional ballots, it will be Brian Kemp who decides whether they get counted. Absentee ballots—you just heard how panicked he was about the massive number of absentee ballots coming in from voters of color, from Democrats. And he’s going to be able to decide which of those ballots get counted.” The counties count the absentee ballots. “Fulton County, the heart of the Atlanta metropolitan area, rejected 1 out of more than 17,000 submitted absentee ballots, according to the secretary of state’s data file. Nearby Gwinnett County received a similar number of ballots, 20,000, but rejected nearly 1,600, or more than 7 percent of them.”

“We’d listed all purged voters at two days before close of registration” This is a wonder of technology. You enter a name, click on search, and the wizard tells you if you have been deleted. Chamblee54 decided to try a few names. If you enter the last name, without a first name, you can get a list of names, and zip codes. If you enter Smith, you get 100 names, and zip codes. If you narrow that to John Smith, you get 100 names, and zip codes. Williams, Wills, Henson, Jones, Johnson, Patel, Maddox, and Abrams all showed 100 names, and zip codes. To be fair, not all last names gave this result. Kaufman yielded 44, and Navarro yielded 51.

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