U.S. Republicans’ vote changes trigger a reaction from the Justice Department | Election News
Attorney General Merrick Garland announced that the U.S. Department of Justice will review and challenge a series of new laws proposed and passed by Republicans that will restrict voting rights in major U.S. states.
“The right to vote is the cornerstone of our democracy and the source of all other rights,” Garland said on Friday.
Garland, the top law enforcement official of the Biden administration,’s new attention to the federal implementation of the voting rights law emerges among Republicans Georgia, FloridaSince the 2020 presidential election, Arizona and Arkansas have passed new laws, which critics say will make it more difficult for people to vote.
A dozen other states have proposed or are advancing similar bills, including Texas, Is considering a far-reaching election bill that, among other things, will allow judges to overturn the results of the election.
Garland said that the Department of Justice will double the number of lawyers assigned to it to enforce U.S. voting rights. “We are reviewing new laws designed to restrict voter access. If violations are found, we will not hesitate to adopt action”.
The Ministry of Justice will conduct a special “review” of post-election audits, like processing Garland warned that Arizona now has the support of the state’s Republican-controlled Senate to ensure they comply with federal laws.
Trump’s false statement is a catalyst for the Republican Party
Former President Donald Trump accused widespread election fraud without evidence and filed more than 40 lawsuits in major US states to try to overthrow President Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory.
These lawsuits were dismissed by the judge, but Trump continued to insist that the election was “rigged” and continued to push Republicans across the country to push for stricter voting laws.
For example, a bill to be passed by the Texas legislature will restrict the so-called “soul voting” activities of black churches, criminalize common voting activities, and prohibit local officials from sending mail-in ballot applications.
“The bill disproportionately affects people of color,” said Mimi Marziani, chairman of the Texas Civil Rights Project, one of the groups opposed to the legislation.
After being blocked by Democrats at a special legislative session last month, the bill was criticized and scrutinized, and Texas Republicans have begun to abandon certain provisions of the bill.
“Even the initiators of the bill actually didn’t bother to read the bill,” Marziani told Al Jazeera.
Congressional Democrats try to fight back
Democrats in the U.S. Congress are seeking legislation to restore the Justice Department’s enforcement power overthrown by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2013.
Majority leader Chuck Schumer announced this week that the Senate will vote on a comprehensive electoral reform plan at the end of March, but the bill Facing opposition from the Republican Party And it is unlikely to pass.
In the House of Representatives, legislators are enacting a narrower bill specifically designed to restore the Department of Justice’s ability to review, approve, or oppose changes to voting rights in states with a history of discrimination.
Democrats are filing lawsuits in 14 states to protect voting rights, the party’s chief election litigator Marc Elias tweeted.
My team is currently suing to protect voting rights in 14 states. ??
the state of Wisconsin
— Mark E. Elias (@marceelias) June 8, 2021
At the same time, the fiction of election stolen leads to Trump supporters Overrun The US Capitol on January 6 remained active in Trump’s Republican base.
In a recent Politico-Morning Consult survey, 29% of Republicans said they believe Trump will become restore As president.
According to the New York Times, the former president told his colleagues that after the 2020 election results in Georgia, Arizona and other states are reversed, he will resume the presidency.
No real prospects will happen. The US court rejected dozens of Trump’s allegations that there was widespread fraud due to lack of evidence.
The election results in these states have been certified by the state authorities. In any case, there is no provision for such restoration in the U.S. Constitution.
Last week, Trump delivered a speech at a Republican rally in North Carolina and once again became the focus of American politics. At the meeting, he reiterated the widespread fraud and called the 2020 election a “crime of the century.”