Were Georgia Voter Registration Roles Altered?
Recently there’s been a lot of reporting about the 21 state registration files that were hacked.
“It has already been confirmed that voter registration in over 20 U.S. states had been targeted by Russian hacking groups in a run off to the 2016 Presidential election. That, in and of itself, seems to be enough to at least make some of us a little less confident about the outcome, not only of the 2016 Presidential election, but in other tightly fought battles in the Senate and the House as well.”
“Last week, the federal government informed 21 states that hackers had targeted their voting systems prior to the last election. Then earlier this week, DHS retracted this claim for two of the states involved, now saying that California and Wisconsin had other networks targeted, but not their election systems.”
One state that wasn’t mentioned was: Georgia. Until now:
“Now IR.net has an exclusive lead on a story which has not yet been covered by the mainstream media, or anyone else for that matter. A source who we have been in contact with claims that there is evidence to suggest that hackers may have infiltrated the Georgia voter registration system. For your information, Georgia was not one of the states informed by Homeland Security to have had been the target of a Russian hacking attempt.”
“Our source for this information is a woman named Misty Burke, whose husband is a U.S. Army Veteran of 20 years. Misty, and her husband, are residents of Columbus, Georgia and what happened to them on election day 2016 is a story that should not be ignored.”
Yes-Ms. Burke’s husband was prevented from voting.
“My husband, who served in the Army 20 years, was unable to vote,” Misty Burke tells IR.net. “When he went to our designated voting station, they said he wasn’t in the system. They had also told him that many others in the state of Georgia were unable to vote. They said 100s of folks there were told the same thing. Thousands of people, in GA alone couldn’t vote.”
“Misty’s husband, whose name we will keep private, did in fact register to vote, and this year he had intended to vote for Hillary Clinton. That is until he arrived at his polling place to find that his name had somehow vanished off of the electronic registration system.”
Remember what Trump campaign data manager Brad Parscale said: we have three different voter suppression efforts.
A big part of the Trump campaign’s ‘get out the vote’ effort was preventing a lot of people from voting.
Up to 23,000 voters in 2 counties alone were deterred from voting. Trump won WI by 22,000 votes. This is calculated. https://t.co/Krzw6PQKBM
— Tom Perez (@TomPerez) September 28, 2017
Meet Rebecca Brinkman, who like Misty Burke, has a story of voter suppression to tell:
Rebecca Brinkman moved to Baraboo, Wisconsin, an hour north of Madison, from Ohio in the spring of 2016 for a job as a zookeeper. She worked from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day before rushing to her polling place.
“In addition to her Ohio driver’s license, she brought a manila envelope stuffed with documents to confirm her identity, including her credit card, her Social Security card, her rental lease, and a paycheck. “I was very well organized,” she told me. But November 2016 was Wisconsin’s first major election with a strict voter ID law in effect, which required voters to present one of a handful of categories of government-issued photo ID. Brinkman couldn’t get a Wisconsin driver’s license in time because her birth certificate was in Ohio.”
“Even though Brinkman was already registered in Wisconsin and had other forms of ID, poll workers only allowed her to cast a provisional ballot. It was never counted. “I was very frustrated,” she said. “This past election was kind of a big one.” She described herself as “liberal” and said she didn’t vote for Donald Trump, who carried the state by just 22,000 votes.
“A comprehensive study released today suggests how many missing votes can be attributed to the new law. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison surveyed registered voters who didn’t cast a 2016 ballot in the state’s two biggest counties—Milwaukee and Dane, which is home to Madison. More than 1 out of 10 nonvoters (11.2 percent) said they lacked acceptable voter ID and cited the law as a reason why they didn’t vote; 6.4 percent of respondents said the voter ID law was the “main reason” they didn’t vote.”
“The study’s lead author, University of Wisconsin political scientist Kenneth Mayer, says between roughly 9,000 and 23,000 registered voters in the reliably Democratic counties were deterred from voting by the ID law. Extrapolating statewide, he says the data suggests as many as 45,000 voters sat out the election, though he cautioned that it was difficult to produce an estimate from just two counties.*
“We have hard evidence there were tens of thousands of people who were unable to vote because of the voter ID law,” Mayer told me.
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