MSNBC’s Joy Reid spoke with a rather crazed-looking and -sounding Rolling Stone writer Greg Palast about a computer system called CrossCheck which was developed to find duplicate names on the voter rolls by matching names, dates of birth, and last four digits of social security numbers, so they can be removed. Sounds reasonable -- except that Reid and Palast claim that this system "disproportionately targets voters of color who are likely to have common surnames, like Washington or Hernandez,” as Reid said.
“It is Jim Crow in cyber space," Palast ranted, "but instead of using white sheets, they are using spreadsheets." Palast doesn't seem to be aware that white-sheeted racists are a creation of the Democratic party.
After pointing to a single case of the system messing up, Palast admitted that "it is not discriminatory, it is just matching first and last names.” But from there, Palast speculated that matching common names such as Hernandez, Jackson, and Wong "means Democrats! You are kidding me!” -- as if people in the Republican Party don't also have similar names.
“Can you tell us where, what states that you’ve been able to determine this Kobach program is actually being used in?” pressed an alarmed Reid. Predictably, Palast was worried about Republican malfeasance:
Well basically, about 28 Republican-controlled voting states. In other words where they have control of the secretary of state. Dangerously in the swing state of Ohio, where the Republican— very partisan Republican chief, he is like the Katherine Harris of Ohio. He’s just burning straight through the voter registrations, burning through black names, removing them from the voter rolls in Ohio. You see it in North Carolina, the other big swing state. And Nevada, we have to look out for, too. The Republicans control that.
Reid urged her viewers to check their voter registration status to make sure they weren’t a victim of this insidious program under the control of white-sheeted Republicans.
Reid then expressed concern that Russian hackers could get into state voter registration systems, and naturally, the lunatic Palast pointed the finger at Republicans:
“Well, if the Russians from Moscow could get into the machines, imagine the secretary of state— these partisan secretaries of state that we have in charge in Ohio, North Carolina, and Arizona. Can they get into their own machines? Oh, yeah. So we have to be concerned.”
Right -- because voter fraud is definitely not a Democrat thing.