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Georgia: "Stacey Abrams Shill" Says What We Must Do

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"It is unfortunate that the ACLU hired [Greg Palast] a known Stacey Abrams shill."

So said the flak for the Republican Secretary of State of Georgia. And I'm sure that GOP Senator David Perdue thinks it "unfortunate" as well -- now that their program to systematically purge Black voters in Georgia was busted, and Sen. Perdue must face a run-off against contender Jon Ossoff.

A "Stacey Abrams shill"? I've been called worse.

What raises the political hacks' hackles is not the weird political conspiracy they've fantasized, but rather that the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia issued our report, "Georgia Voter Roll Purge Errors," identifying 198,351 voters wrongly removed - overwhelmingly voters of color, low income and young voters. [If you haven't watched our 14-minute film, The Purged and its one-minute version, do it now"and pass it on.]

What angers (and worries them) is that the ACLU, Black Voters Matter and yes, Stacey Abrams' non-partisan organization Fair Fight, simply made our investigative findings public and returned thousands of victim voters to the rolls.

They are panicked. They lost the state for Trump, and now they could lose control of the US Senate in the upcoming January 5 run-offs between Sen. Perdue and Ossoff and between Rev. Raphael Warnock and Sen. Kelly Loeffler.

I get it: the state's Red Rulers want me to go away. Well, I've bought a new mask and I'm marching to Georgia. (OK, flying discount.)

No Miracle

The GOP's crushing in Georgia was not a miracle nor did it just surf in on a Blue Wave.

I've been investigating Georgia for seven tough years, ever since Martin Luther King III told me, in Atlanta, "Greg, Georgia is a Blue state"if they'd let us vote."

Honestly, it's not my job to turn Georgia blue, green or orange. Our sole focus is to expose vote suppression trickery by either political party. But the math is clear: if you illegally remove low-income voters, the Democratic vote will increase when the crime is busted.

So what happened on Tuesday in Georgia? I know this: Black Voters Matter took our report and sent 98,000 postcards to wrongly purged voters to warn them to re-register. The ACLU issued our findings. (No, Mr. Secretary of State. The ACLU didn't "hire" us. The implication is that our results were bought. No way: the ACLU independently reviewed our work and made it public.)

And we didn't start in this Election Year. We worked on getting out the word on Georgia's Jim Crow election games in press briefings sponsored by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the NAACP. We partnered with Helen Butler of the Georgia Coalition for the Peoples Agenda and successfully sued Brian Kemp and his successor as Secretary of State.

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