Don’t worry about Mickey Mouse
or ACORN stealing the election. According to an investigative report out today in Rolling Stone magazine, Robert F. Kennedy
Jr. and Greg Palast, after a year-long investigation, reveal a systematic program of "GOP vote tampering"
on a massive scale. Republican Secretaries of State of swing-state
Colorado have quietly purged one in six names from their voter rolls.
Over several months,
the GOP politicos in Colorado
stonewalled every attempt by Rolling Stone to get an answer to the massive purge - ten times the average state's rate of removal. While Obama dreams
of riding to the White House on a wave of new voters, more then 2.7 million have had their registrations REJECTED
under new procedures signed into law by George Bush.
Kennedy, a voting rights
lawyer, charges this is a resurgence of 'Jim Crow' tactics to wrongly block Black and Hispanic voters.
A fired US prosecutor levels new charges - accusing leaders of his own party, Republicans, with criminal acts in
an attempt to block legal voters as "fraudulent."
Digging through government
records, the Kennedy-Palast team discovered that, in 2004, a GOP scheme called "caging” ultimately took away the rights
of 1.1 million voters. The Rolling Stone duo predict that, this November 4, it will be far worse. There's more:: Since the last presidential race, "States used dubious 'list management' rules to scrub at
least 10 million voters from their rolls." Among those was Paul Maez of Las Vegas, New Mexico - a victim of an unreported but devastating purge of voters in that
state that left as many as one in nine Democrats without a vote. For Maez, the state's purging his registration was particularly
shocking - he's the county elections supervisor.
The Kennedy-Palast revelations go far beyond the sum of questionably
purged voters recently reported by the New York Times. “Republican operatives - the party's elite commandos of bare-knuckle politics," report Kennedy and Palast, under the
cover of fighting fraudulent voting, are "systematically disenfranchis[ing] Democrats." The investigators level a deadly serious charge: If Democrats are to
win the 2008 election, they must not simply beat McCain at the polls - they must beat him by a margin that exceeds the level
of GOP vote tampering."
Block the Vote by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. & Greg
Palast in the current issue (#1064, October 30, 2008) of Rolling Stone. [Media enquiries - Dave Falkenstein, Sunshine Sachs & Assoc, via firstname.lastname@example.org.]
Note - Kennedy and Palast are releasing, simultaneously with the
Rolling Stone investigative report what they call, the vote-theft 'antidote': a 24-page full-color comic book, Steal Back Your Vote, which can be downloaded or obtained in print from their non-partisan website, StealBackYourVote.org
For updates and video reports, go to RollingStone.com, www.GregPalast.com and StealBackYourVote.org.