If you have never heard the name Greg Palast, you have likely dodged the ugliest tales of institutional voter fraud in the US. Palast is an investigative reporter for Al Jazeera America, who used to work for the UK Guardian and the BBC. In his book “The Best Democracy Money Can Buy” Palast details how Bush and then-Florida Secretary of State Kathrine Harris successfully stole the 2000 Florida election for Bush.
Well, Palast is back (actually he never went anywhere, he predicted the voter fraud in the US leading up to the most recent elections) with some of his most damning accusations to date. Specifically, that a little-discussed voter fraud prevention system called Interstate Crosscheck gave Republicans control of the US Senate.
Nationally, Interstate Crosscheck blocked 7 million people from voting simply because they had the same first and last name as someone else. Palast points out why this benefits Republicans:
The program’s method of identifying and purging voters especially threaten the registrations of minority voters who are vulnerable because African-American, Asian-American and Hispanics are 67 percent more likely than white voters to share America’s most common names: Jackson, Washington, Lee, Rodriguez and so on.
In North Carolina, 190,000 people were blocked from voting. The Republicans took that Senate seat election by 48,511 votes. In Colorado, more than 300,000 voters were prevented from casting their ballots. Republican Gardner took the Senate seat by only 48,000 votes. These two races alone represent a four-seat swing for the Republicans in controlling their tiny Senate majority.
The especially disturbing truth is that this system which blocked more than 7 million votes did not actually find a single case of multiple voting, which is exactly what it was supposedly designed to do.
Cry America; your fragile democracy has been sold to the highest bidder.
Modok and I have been fighting about voting for decades. Before the 1988 presidential elections his compelling arguments convinced me not to vote. After the 1992 presidential elections, we had the following conversation in my little flat on the Ferdinand Bolstraat:
Modok: Congratulations you voted for a winner!
Me: Very funny.
Modok: No seriously you voted for Clinton and he won.
Me: Modok, I was here in Am*dam and did not do an absentee thing. You convinced me last cycle it was the wrong thing to do.
Modok: Yeah, things have gotten so bad, I forged your signature and voted for you in San Francisco.
At which he and I both broke up laughing.