By Greg Palast
My investigative report, JIM CROW RETURNS: Millions of Minority Voters Threatened by Electoral Purge, was the most-read story ever on Al Jazeera America’s website.
If you haven’t read it yet – the results of a six-month intensive investigation – read it now.
And tonight, Thursday, at 9pm, watch my reports on this investigation on Al Jazeera America’s America Tonight (enter your zip code to find it on your TV).
The Palast team has ripped the lid off “Interstate Crosscheck” – a system used by 27 states, almost all under Republican control, which claims to find illegal “double voters,” those who vote in the same election in two different states.
It took us months, but we got our hands on 2.1 million names of so-called “double voters” – those who allegedly vote twice in the same election in two different states.
Are YOU a criminal double voter?
Look up your name right now.(Apparently, Michael Moore voted 179 times!)
What we found was that the list is simply a list of common first and last names. Over a million and half of alleged double voters have mis-matched middle names. Social security numbers are rare – and all mismatches ignored.
Here’s a random “double voter”: James Dalton Long of Georgia supposedly is the same voter as James Manly Long IV of Virginia.
And guess the color of the double-voting criminals? ONE IN EIGHT VOTERS OF COLOR in the 27 Cross-check states are on the list. Why? Because, says the US Census, Asian-Americans, Hispanics and African-Americans are 80% more likelyto share a common name (one of the top 1000 surnames) compared to a white American. Nearly a fifth of all Asian-Americans use one of just 30 names (Chung, Lee, Patel, Kim, Ho, Park etc.).
This new purge game, simply a bigger, uglier, yet more sophisticated version of Katherine Harris’ fake “felon” purge of 2000, can easily determine the control of the US Senate in this Tuesday’s races. Battleground state Georgia has tagged over half a million of its voters, especially Black and Asian-American citizens, as suspected criminal double voters.
North Carolina, where a Senate race is in the balance, is gunning for 190,000 voters, including, for example, Kevin Antonio Hayes of North Carolina—who supposedly voted a second time as Kevin Thomas Hayes in Virginia. I met Mr. Hayes at his home in East Durham, who swears he has never used the middle name “Thomas” – and that he didn’t vote twice. Indeed, according to Crosscheck’s own records, he didn’t vote once!
Please pass on this note and these links—before you vote Tuesday.
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For 15 years, Greg Palast has been uncovering voter suppression tactics in investigative reports for BBC Television, The Guardian, Harper’s and Rolling Stone.
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