If you’re a voter in Georgia, there is a 1 in 10 chance that you were purged from the voting rolls at some point in 2017. Thanks to journalist Greg Palast, there is now a website where you can type in your name and find out if your constitutional right was stripped away from you. The bad news is that you’ll only have until Tuesday to reregister — which is why the journalist wants the news about Georgia’s voter purging to spread as far as possible, as fast as possible.
“I started this investigation for Al Jazeera and Rolling Stone in 2014,” Palast told Salon regarding his investigative work on Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, who is responsible for the voter purge and is running for governor as a Republican this year. “And Kemp has been stonewalling my requests for his purge lists and the reasons for them. And I finally got the list — not all the material we’ve asked for, and I should say that we sent a 90 day notice of a federal lawsuit if he didn’t provide these — and within hours of the deadline we got the list of the purged voters.”
According to Palast, he discovered that under Kemp, the Georgia State Department “has identified people as having moved out of state, moved out of congressional district, they should either be removed or forced to reregister. In fact they haven’t left the state, they haven’t left the congressional district. We found one woman who moved from one side of her building to the other.”