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 Ken Nash and Mimi Rosenberg  
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We Dont Have a Working Democracy. So What Happened and How Do We Fix It: Hey Whose Really Been Stealing the Votes?
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Greg Palast, Americas wittiest (and wickedest) muckraker. An award-winning Guardian investigative journalist, he is causing crooked election officials all over the country to shiver in their shoes as they wait for a knock on their door from the FBI " thanks to his explosive exposes. Palast, is the author of the New York Times bestsellers, Billionaires & Ballot Bandits and The Best Democracy Money Can Buy.

Since the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act in 2013, the dark art of vote stealing is on steroids. Voters are being removed from rolls more aggressively " especially in the preclearance states that previously had additional protections under the VRA. As a result, last year alone, 14 million Americans were purged from voter rolls. This changes elections, because its not just anyones vote that gets stolen. Overwhelmingly, these are voters of color, young voters, and low income voters " voters who tend to vote blue. The result, we have a president and a Senate that wasnt elected democratically " and this corruption goes all the way down the ballot to your local dog catcher and sheriff.

Since the Civil Rights era, since the Voting Rights Act was passed in 1965, about 16 states and jurisdictions were under special orders that if they were going to mess around with the way people voted, they had to get it precleared, pre-approved by the Justice Department, to make sure that they werent wiping out voters of color, Puerto Rican voters, etc. You remove the guts of that act " as happened in 2013, with the Supreme Court ruling on Shelby v. Holder " and now the partys started. Theyve started removing voters of color from voter rolls all over America, especially in those former preclearance states " without a review to make sure its not discriminatory, that we dont have a return to Jim Crow.

As a result, last year alone, 14 million voters were purged from the voter rolls. Thats according to the Election Assistance Commission " the federal government itself. And according to Palasts investigations, most of those people are legitimate voters whove lost their right to vote This changes elections, because its not just anyones vote that gets expunged. Palast offers up Georgia as a case study; throws back into the sea of political red herrings the exaggeration of the Russians Are Coming and most strategically talks about what we can do to fix our corrupted election system
produced by Mimi Rosenberg and Ken Nash
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