Greg Palast: Jim Crow Scam Threatens to Tip Georgia's Ossoff-Handel Race

Jon Ossoff, the Democratic candidate in Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District, talks with reporters outside his campaign offices in Sandy Springs, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta, April 18, 2017. (Photo: Kevin D. Liles / The New York Times)Jon Ossoff, the Democratic candidate in Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District, talks with reporters outside his campaign offices in Sandy Springs, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta, April 18, 2017. (Photo: Kevin D. Liles / The New York Times)

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Greg Palast has been doing on-the-ground research about Republicans’ voter suppression tactics in the hotly contested Georgia Sixth Congressional District special election that is taking place today. He answered Truthout’s questions about some of the irregularities he has encountered.

Truthout: Tell us about voting irregularities in the primary, which resulted in Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff running against Republican Karen Handel today.

Greg Palast: It’s ugly in the Sixth. One of the worst parts is the systematic disenfranchisement of the Asian American community. For years, I’ve followed the work of the Asian-American Legal Advocacy Center, a group running a campaign to register new Americans to vote. When the group complained about thousands of the collected names missing from the voter rolls, the Secretary of State, a Republican, retaliated against them. According to attorney Nse Ufot:

They were doing a campaign to register 10,000 Korean-Americans to vote, and had quite a bit of success. At some point during the campaign, they noticed that many of the folks that they were registering were not showing up on the voter rolls. So, they reached out to the Secretary of State to say, “Hey, where are our folks? Why aren’t they showing up on the rolls?” They never got an official response. What they did get was the GBI kicking in the door and requesting all of their files.

While no charges were brought, the terrifying raid was enough to at least temporarily derail the “10,000 Korean Votes” campaign. According to a written statement sent to me yesterday by Asian Americans…

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