The Secret Lists that Swiped the Senate

Greg Palast has the article The Secret Lists that Swiped the Senate on his web site.

No question, Republicans trounced Democrats in the Midterm elections.  But, if not for the boost of this voter-roll purge system used in 23 Republican-controlled states, the GOP could not have taken the US Senate.

Palast quotes some indicative numbers in his article:

  • In North Carolina, Republican Thom Tillis upset incumbent Senator Kay Hagan by just 48,511 votes.  North Carolina’s Crosscheck purge list targeted a stunning 589,393 voters.
  • In Colorado, Cory Gardner, the Republican, defeated Mark Udall by just 49,729 votes.  Colorado’s Crosscheck “potential double voter” list totals 300,842.

So while I chastise President Obama for his abysmal record of helping the bottom 90% of income earners, I should not forget the factor of how many of his likely voters were not allowed to vote.

I base this not on the presumption that the purge lists were faulty, but on the evidence Palast presents.  You have to look at  the chart he has in the article to see the justification for his statement:

If the Crosscheck lists truly identified fraudulent double voters, then we’d have to concede that the election results are legit.  But the ugly truth is, the lists are nothing more than racially-loaded lists of common names.

On first reading of the article, even I did not pay enough attention to the statement:

While state officials claimed that the criminal double voters were matched by social security number and other key identifiers, we discovered that, in fact, they only matched first and last name.  Nearly two million of the pairs of names lacked middle name matches.  Example:  James Elmer Barnes Jr. who voted in Georgia is supposed to be the same person as James Cross Barnes III of Virginia.

Where is the Department of Justice?  The Obama administration has two years to address these issues.  The Republicans are right about there being voter fraud, and they ought to know.  They are the ones committing the fraud.

As with the their vulture capitalist friends and their supporters who are executives at the top 5 financial institutions on Wall Street, the Republicans find that it is easy to win if you cheat and the authorities let you get away with it.  The national “authorities” in the Obama administration even hire the cheaters to take charge of managing the enforcement of the laws.  (That hiring record at the national level is Obama’s fault, so maybe the Democrats’ losses are just poetic justice, if not real justice.)

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