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Palast writes: "In my film, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: The Movie, we did an interview with the director of a group called the Asian-American Legal Advocacy Center, Helen Ho. They aimed to register 10,000 Korean-Americans in Georgia, mostly in the 6th. After the film was shot, I told Helen to check to see if the people they'd registered were actually put on the voter rolls. So they did."

A voter holds various ID cards. (photo: Jaime Henry-White/AP)
A voter holds various ID cards. (photo: Jaime Henry-White/AP)


Georgia Secretary of State #KarenHandel Purges Minority Voters, Then Runs for Congress

By Greg Palast, Greg Palast's Facebook Page

17 June 17

 

n my film, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: The Movie, we did an interview with the director of a group called the Asian-American Legal Advocacy Center, Helen Ho. They aimed to register 10,000 Korean-Americans in Georgia, mostly in the 6th. After the film was shot, I told Helen to check to see if the people they’d registered were actually put on the voter rolls. So they did. Thousands of names were missing. Korean-Americans vote solidly Democratic.

Their lawyer then contacted the Secretary of Sate, Republican congressional candidate Karen Handler’s successor as Secretary of State and co-candidate Brian Kemp, who’s running for Governor of Georgia as a Republican. The lawyers asked, "Where’s our missing Koreans? They’re not on the voter rolls." The answer was to kick in the organization's doors, take their computers and files, and say that they were all going to be charged with criminal mishandling of voter registration forms. The criminals were the ones threatening to arrest them. It so frightened the people in the Asian-American community that the organization shut down. If those votes that the Korean community had registered were put on the voter rolls, Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff would have won the first round.

Another group, New Georgia Project, registering mostly African-American voters, they registered 86,000 people in the 6th Congressional District and statewide. 46,000 were put on the voter rolls, and 40,000 were not. Some of these registrations were as old as 6 months and they still haven’t been put on the rolls. And they won’t be on the registry for the Tuesday vote. That’s 40,000 voters, not all of them in the 6th, but a lot. Ossoff would have won that first round — he was only 2 percentage points short or roughly 3,700 votes in April. He should be a walkaway for this second round, except for these shenanigans!

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+29 # futhark 2017-06-17 18:43
You don't need Russian hackers interfering with the elective process in these United States. Our very own home-grown Republicans seem to be quite capable of delegitimizing the results without any Russian help. Thanks anyway, Republicans.
 
 
-18 # jzacksmd 2017-06-17 18:59
Something seems not quite right with this article. First, if a check was made and it revealed 40,000 incidents of voter intimidation/fr aud, it would be appropriate to notify, not RSN readers but the abused voters. 40,000 complaints to the state and federal authorities would certainly lead to a meaningful response. Finally, this is so reminiscent of the 2014 complaint and legal action that it's hard to believe. It merits clarification.
 
 
+13 # Salus Populi 2017-06-18 15:04
So after the Korean-American group notified the state and complained, their doors were kicked in, their records confiscated and they were charged with criminal fraud. Do you really think the 40,000 abused voters, if notified of their status, will risk jail by a Nazified state government? The "meaningful response" might well be to burn crosses on their lawns and "disappear" the more prominent leaders. You seem to be laboring under the misconception that the far Reicht has ethics and principles and would rectify their own criminal conduct. Surely the record of the last five administrations of both parties should have disabused you of that notion. It's been more than a generation since we had a meaningful electoral system.
 
 
+15 # dotlady 2017-06-17 22:51
Some shenanigans! What a gentle word for corruption of elections.
 
 
+13 # Rcomm 2017-06-18 10:26
jzacksmd, do you really think "complaints to the state and federal authorities would certainly lead to a meaningful response" when those authorities are mainly from the party that benefitted from the voter suppression?
 
 
+5 # kalpal 2017-06-18 13:16
The RW sees threats and violence as the height of intellectual debate. Ask an impertinent question and you will be slapped down because you have no rights the RW has not conferred upon you.

Given a few more years no one who failed to register as a Republican will be permitted to vote.
 
 
+3 # spenel334 2017-06-19 14:13
re: Greg Palast, Can someone explain why it appears that nothing can be done or is being done, when this Jim Crow rerun occurs?

I do not understand all this. How can the Republicans get away with this? Why don’t you (Palast) report it, though to whom I do not know. There has to be a way for this illegal activity to be stopped. You and a few other have been investigating this voter stealth, i.e. crosscheck,
now somehow purging voter registrations…D idn’t someone take a picture or a video of Palast being mistreated? Everyone takes pictures anywhere and everywhere. In RSM comments, Democrats are asking why its leaders don’t publicize all this. Let someone start talking to Karen Handel while someone else records the conversation secretly. There are many ways to do something, but no one is publicizing what you do, plus Jill Stein and now Fitrakis and Wasserman, and I do not understand why not. If enough people make enough noise about it, the media will pick it up, but political leaders have to start the process.
 
 
+1 # Jim Rocket 2017-06-19 15:09
"political leaders have to start the process"
The Republicans are doing it so they're not going to say anything. Bizarrely, the Democrats obviously know about and don't seem to care. The big question is "why?". It seems the Dems are either pathetic or corrupt and probably a combination of both. The MSM clearly isn't interested in the story because most of their bosses are Republican. Part of MAGA is getting rid of that pesky democracy thing.
 

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