Below is an excerpt from Greg Palast. Most of us have probably already come across is nightmarish stolen election scenario. The details are shocking. I find the experience of reading them jarring: I believe they are true (that he is a reliable reporter who checks his facts) yet I can't believe 'the ugly secret.' And I wonder, is this my fetishistic denial, a kind of residual faith in democracy? Or is something else involved, something that has more to do with the position of the story/report? Does the report function as a kind of political pornography, an extreme kind of leftist paranoia that replaces/displaces not just political optimism and possibility but steps toward responsible dismantling of conservative hegemony? Differently put, is the problem with Palast that he fantasizes a nearly omnipotent power behind the scenes? That he may even be too certain in the face of the always messy sausage-factory of US elections?
Swing state Colorado. Before this election, two Republican secretaries of state purged 19.4 percent of the entire voter roll. One in five voters. Pfft!
Swing state New Mexico. One in nine voters in this year's Democratic caucus found their names missing from the state-provided voter registries. And not just any voters. County by county, the number of voters disappeared was in direct proportion to the nonwhite population. Gore won the state by 366 votes; Kerry lost it by only 5,900. Despite reassurances that all has been fixed for Tuesday, Democrats lost from the list in February told me they're still "disappeared" from the lists this week.
Swing state Indiana. In this year's primary, ten nuns were turned away from the polls because of the state's new voter ID law. They had drivers' licenses, but being in their 80s and 90s, they'd let their licenses expire. Cute. But what isn't cute is this: 566,000 registered voters in that state don't have the ID required to vote. Most are racial minorities, the very elderly and first-time voters; that is, Obama voters. Twenty-three other states have new, vote-snatching ID requirements.
Swing state Florida. Despite a lawsuit battle waged by the Brennan Center for Justice, the state's Republican apparatchiks are attempting to block the votes of 85,000 new registrants, forcing them to pass through a new "verification" process. Funny thing: verification applies only to those who signed up in voter drives (mostly black), but not to voters registering at motor vehicle offices (mostly white).