Author-filmmakers Michael Moore and Greg Palast
joined with Representatives Corrine Brown (D-Jacksonville)
and Peter Deutsch (D-Ft. Lauderdale) to demand
steps, as Palast said, "To prevent Republican
hacks in Florida swiping the election of 2004
as they did four years ago."
a press conference Wednesday morning before the
Florida delegation to the Democratic Convention
in Boston, Moore endorsed a bill introduced by
Brown to make it easier for Congress to challenge
an election tainted by apparent fraud.
let them steal Florida again," said Palast, the
investigative reporter who in 2000 first uncovered
for BBC Television that Katherine Harris and Jeb
Bush had wrongly removed tens of thousand of Black
citizens from voter rolls. Palast's reports on
the theft of the elections are featured in Moore's
film "Fahrenheit 9/11."
has discovered that current lists of 47,000 "felon"
voters which Florida has targeted for removal
is at least 90% wrong."
so-called criminals' only crime," said Palast,
"is VWD - voting while Democratic." The "purge"
list contains four Democrats for every Republican.
pointed out such names on the lists as Thomas
Cooper whose date of conviction is entered as
January 30, 2007, "a criminal of the future."
this month, after Palast testified before the
US Civil Rights Commission in Washington, the
CRC voted to ask the Justice Department to open
a criminal investigation of the State of Florida's
handling of voter rolls.
expose of the "fake felon purge" for Harper's
Magazine was nominated for a National Magazine
Award in 2002.
Posted: July 29, 2004