By Nicole Powers
After spearheading the launch of The Voting Rights Project in Virginia at an event on Saturday, September 9, DC’s Civil Rights Center has called for the state to withdraw from Interstate Crosscheck.
In an open letter, submitted on September 12, 2016, the Executive Director of the Civil Rights Center, Dee Hunter, asked Virginia’s Democratic Governor, Terry McAuliffe, to terminate the state’s participation in the GOP’s racially-biased-by-design voter purging program.
“Terry McAuliffe has called the Trump-Kobach vote fraud commission a machine of ‘vote suppression’. Yet McAuliffe is one of the last Democratic governors to insist on staying in Kobach’s racist Crosscheck program,” says investigative reporter Greg Palast, who co-presented the September 9 Voting Rights Project event.
With campaigns launched in both Georgia and Virginia, the Voting Rights Project aims to restore real election integrity by getting rid of Interstate Crosscheck, which is currently being used in 28 mostly Republican-controlled states.
“Crosscheck is an unreliable and discriminatory,” notes Hunter. “Virginia’s participation in Crosscheck is potentially resulting in hundreds of thousands of voters being illegally purged from Virginia and other state voter rolls.”StopCrosscheckVA-LtrGov.
Watch the Voting Rights Project Virginia panel featuring Palast and representatives from the NAACP, VoteRiders, People Demanding Action, and more here.
Before turning to journalism as an investigative reporter for The Guardian and BBC Television, Greg Palast was an investigator of fraud and racketeering for governments and labor unions worldwide. His investigations have appeared in Rolling Stone, Harper’s and New Statesman. Known as the reporter who exposed how Katherine Harris and Jeb Bush purged thousands of Black voters from Florida rolls to steal the 2000 election for George Bush. Palast has written four New York Times bestsellers, including Armed Madhouse, Billionaires & Ballot Bandits, and The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, now a non-fiction movie.
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