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Greg Palast (full interview) on Court Victory in Georgia Voting Case

Investigative reporter Greg Palast recently won a groundbreaking judgement from a federal court judge in Georgia that promises to open up to public scrutiny the massive 2018 purge of the voter rolls conducted by Georgia Governor Brian Kemp when he was Georgia’s Secretary  of State — and his work with voter suppression impresario Kris Kobach to disenfranchise voters in other states, as well.

WV called Palast up for an in-depth look at that ruling, as well as voter suppression (or, as Palast calls it, “voter theft”) in other states.

Greg Palast Extended Interview

It’s clear that there are many ways US elections have of suppressing the vote or denying it outright.

One of the most egregious is purging voter rolls. That’s what happened in Georgia in 2018, when the Republican Secretary of State, Brian Kemp (who was overseeing the election), ran for governor and won by the slimmest of margins. He had purged many thousands of voters, mostly young, African American or Latino, voters whose likely choice was the Democrat, Stacey Abrams.

Investigative journalist Greg Palast has often been a guest on our show, talking about voter suppression. He just won a major court ruling in Georgia to force Governor Kemp to release all records pertaining to the 2018 purge.

WV caught up with him this week for an extended conversation about that ruling and other rampant efforts to purge voter rolls and make it harder to vote, including in states like New York and California.

Greg Palast is investigative reporter for the Guardian and author of numerous books, including The Best Democracy Money Can Buy.


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About Francesca Rheannon

Francesca Rheannon is an award-winning independent radio producer. In addition to hosting Writer's Voice, she's a freelance reporter for National Public Radio and its affiliates. Recipient of the prestigious Nancy Dickerson Whitehead Award for reporting on substance abuse issues for her news series, VOICES OF HIV, produced for 88.5 WFCR public radio in western Massachusetts. She is also finishing a book on Provence (PROVINCE OF THE HEART) and working on a memoir of her father, THE ARGONAUTS.