1/ Public-records requests in action:

Investigative reporter @Greg_Palast requested that 27 states turn over lists of voters they purged under the sleazy Crosscheck program.

He & his team will contact as many of these disenfranchised voters as possible.

@Greg_Palast 2/ Michigan and Oklahoma have already given him their lists, while other states are stonewalling.

Palast already has a law firm on the case, preparing to sue their asses.

@Greg_Palast 3/3 Interestingly (at least to us #FOIA nerds), Palast isn't requesting under state open-records laws or FOIA.

He's making the demand under the National Voter Registration Act, which requires the release of info regarding voter rolls maintenance.


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