Greg Palast, journalist, author "How Trump Stole 2020"

Air Dates: October 17-19, 2020

This week's guest on REPORT FROM SANTA FE is investigative reporter and NYT best-selling author Greg Palast, "The Best Democracy Money Can Buy" and “How Trump Stole 2020,” discussing voter suppression, purging of voter rolls, and the sophisticated techniques that reveal the massive inaccuracies in these lists of purged voters.

In Part 1 of a 2-part in-depth interview, award-winning journalist Palast defines voter suppression, explores who does it, and describes the many forms it takes in the election cycle. He explains “voter purging” and focuses on states in our country which have taken the purging of voters from the voter rolls to an extreme degree, states like Georgia, Wisconsin, and Michigan. Just last month Palast issued two major reports on vote purges in Georgia and Wisconsin, two major victories for voter list integrity, celebrated by the ACLU and other voting rights groups like Black Votes Matter.

In Georgia, 500,000 voters (primarily voters of color and young voters) were purged from the voter rolls. Enlisting the aid of Direct Marketing Mailing List Hygiene experts, Palast's investigators proved that 3 out of 4 names on the Georgia purge lists should not have been removed from the voter rolls. These voters were alleged to have moved out of their respective counties, but 340,134 were still living at the home in which they had registered. 74% of the names on that list were wrong!

Among the voters purged in the last election was 92-year-old Christine Jordan,Martin Luther King's cousin, who had lived in the same house and voted in the same place for 50 years. She put on her Sunday best and went to vote where she had always voted, only to find, that without her knowledge, she had been thrown off the voter rolls and was denied her right to vote.

Palast has established a web site for people in all states to check to be sure they are still on the voter rolls and registered to vote.

***If you find your name has been removed/purged, the site shows you how tore-register so you will be eligible to vote in this election.***

Palast reveals what people can do if they see voter suppression or voter intimidation and harassment, and advises on ways to protect our important democratic institutions, such as voting and elections.

Quotes about Greg Palast

"Greg Palast is one of my heroes. The last investigative reporter in America."-- Robert F Kennedy Jr. – Rolling Stone

“The planet's most tenacious investigative reporter”-- John Nichols, The Nation

“An American hero.”-- MLK III

“Palast is one of our greatest investigative reporters. If you are not outraged by what Palast has uncovered, you have no heart. A searing indictment of a rigged electoral system.-- Chris Hedges

Quote by Greg Palast“Meet the New Jim Crow. Fifty years ago, African-Americans were kept from the polls by the threat of beatings and lynchings. Today, Jim Crow has traded in his white sheets for spreadsheets. He’s Dr. James Crow, systems analyst. His method is lynching by laptop.”-- Greg Palast “From White Sheets to Spreadsheets”