Tag: elections

Cambridge Analytica Ain’t Nuthin:
Look Out For i360 and DataTrust

Greg Palast 

 
There are two dangers in the media howl over Trump’s computer gurus Cambridge Analytica, the data-driven psy-ops company founded by billionaire brown-shirts, the Mercer Family.

The story is that Cambridge Analytica, once directed by Steve Bannon, by shoplifting Facebook profiles to bend your brain, is some unique “bad apple” of the cyber world. …more

ACLU v Kobach Trial Ends With Confession From Trump’s Vote-Thief-in-Chief

Greg Palast 

ACLU v Kobach trial ends with Trump’s vote “sheriff” confessing via deposition of scheme given to Trump to block new voters nationwide.

Kobach Deposition_Page 10 and 11
[Pages 10 and 11 of Kris Kobach’s deposition — see the full redacted deposition here.]

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach blocked ONE IN SEVEN Kansans from registering to vote because they could not provide passports or certified birth certificates. Almost all those blocked were new young voters and older poor voters — i.e. Democrats.

Kobach could not identify a single one of these as a non-citizen.

This blockade of mostly Democratic voters is justified by Kobach’s (and Donald Trump’s) claim that the number of non-citizen voters he found (5 over twenty years out of a BILLION ballots cast), is just the “tip of the iceberg.”

Dale Ho of the ACLU ended his closing argument: “The iceberg, on close inspection, your honor, is more of an ice cube.” …more

Trump’s Alien Voter Claim Goes To Court
Kobach Rule That Blocks 1 in 7 New Voters Could Decide 2018 & 2020 Races

Greg Palast  for Alternet

The mainstream media has simply missed the voting rights trial whose outcome could unleash the newest mass vote suppression weapon, the invention of Donald Trump’s chief vote suppression tactician, Kris Kobach of Kansas.

Clip from Palast’s film The Best Democracy Money Can Buy

On Tuesday, the trial of the lawsuit by the League of Women Voters against Kobach, Kansas’ Republican Secretary of State, began in a Kansas City courtroom. The League has sued to block the state’s law, drafted by Kobach, requiring all new voters to show proof of citizenship.

Kobach’s law has blocked an astonishing 1 in 7 new registrants from voting in the state because they did not …more

Trump’s GOP Hitman Who’s Stealing
Your Vote – The Best Democracy Money Can Buy Podcast

Greg Palast 

Listen to The Best Democracy Money Can Buy podcast with Greg Palast and Flashpoints’ Dennis Bernstein. This week they expose Donald Trump’s go-to operative who would steal your vote — by accusing you of not being an American. The Vote Rustler of the Week: Kris Kobach, Trump’s man behind SB 1070, the “Driving While Brown” law.


Dennis Bernstein: Welcome to our weekly Election Protection Bulletin with best-selling author Greg Palast. Let’s start in Topeka, Kansas with its Secretary of State Kris Kobach. He’s definitely going head to head with the ACLU there.

Greg Palast: Kris Kobach is the most influential Republican Secretary of State in America – the Katherine Harris of 2016.

He’s one of the very first governmental Republican supporters of Donald Trump. Anne Coulter has said Trump should pick him as his running mate. This guy is an important cat.

What’s he up to? He’s “saving” America from an invasion of aliens – not from outer space, but from other nations, wading the Rio Grande to vote in American elections. He claims there is a mass incursion of illegal aliens coming to the US to vote for Hillary.
PalastCover-3Reporter Greg Palast confront Trump ally Kris Kobach, Secretary of State of Kansas from the video by Zach D. Roberts

The federal government, despite a massive and costly hunt, has found almost no non-citizen has voted. (Florida’s campaign to stop alien voters netted a single conviction—an …more

Palast on Larry King’s PoliticKing:
‘We don’t count all the votes.’

Greg Palast 

Catch Greg Palast on Larry King’s PoliticKing with guest host Matthew Cooke on political elites rigging the electoral system. Palast gives Cooke a quick history lesson on vote trickery beginning with 2000–and why you haven’t heard the true story in the US main-stream media.

Palast: “There’s not much of an electoral process, we get the candidates selected for us. Here’s the problem, in America we don’t count all the votes.”

Wisconsin GOP Pol Reveals
Real Reason for Voter ID

Greg Palast 

Oops!  Wisconsin Congressman Glenn Grothman (R-Campbellsport) gave away the nasty little weapon that Republicans plan to use in November. In an interview with WTMJ-TV at the Ted Cruz victory rally Tuesday night, he explained how Republicans can win the Blue state even if the voters prefer the Democrat.


“I think Hillary Clinton is about the weakest candidate perhaps they’ve ever put up and now we have photo ID and I think that photo ID is going to make a bit of a difference as well.…more

Voter ID Laws Strike Again
This Time Wisconsin

Greg Palast 
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Wisconsin’s ‘How to get a voter ID’ Info Sheet

Arizona isn’t going to be the only place with voting issues this primary season. Today, voters in Scott Walker’s Wisconsin head to the polls. Due to changes in voting laws, there’s a very good chance that there’s going to be a problem.

Wisconsin has some of the strictest voter ID laws in the country and today will be the first time they are tried out during a primary. It’s estimated that hundreds of thousands of Wisconsinites will be disenfranchised thanks to these laws. The hardest hit will be the poor, minorities and college students, i.e. black and blue voters.

Many Wisconsin college students will be out of luck and unable to feel the Bern as their college ID is not acceptable for voting. As some are from out of state – but registered at their college – this leaves them out of luck as their ID doesn’t have their address on it or a signature. With the ways of getting an acceptable ID limited (one office on a campus, with limited hours) and their requests for a new Scott Walker approved college ID card denied, voting in what is likely their first election seems like a no go.

Unfortunately this isn’t the first time we’ve seen this. In 2008 when voter ID laws came to our attention with Crawford v. Marion County Election Board – Indiana was the test case. You might have read about it in our comic book – Steal Back Your Vote or in Billionaires & Ballot Bandits. It was the silly story with the nuns.

Here’s the text that inspired the comic.

Angela Hiss and Allyson Miller both students at Notre Dame were denied the right to vote because they didn’t have the right kind of ID – one that listed their dorm rooms as their residence. …more