U.S. Department of Justice sues Georgia state election news over restrictive state voting law
Republicans in Arizona, Florida, and Iowa have also adopted new voting restrictions; Pennsylvania and Texas may follow.
Attorney General Merrick Garland (Merrick Garland) announced on Friday that the U.S. Department of Justice is filing a lawsuit to challenge a new restrictive election law in Georgia on civil rights grounds.
Georgia law, Passed in March Garland said in a speech at the Justice Department that the state legislature controlled by the Republican Party is trying to cancel the voting of African Americans in this southern state, which has discriminatory electoral practices.
“Where we believe that the civil rights of Americans have been violated, we will act without hesitation,” Garland said, citing the provisions of the federal election law, including the “Voting Rights” that prohibited discrimination in US elections in 1965 law”.
President Joe Biden won Georgia in the 2020 U.S. presidential election, becoming the first Democratic candidate to win the state in 30 years.
The new Georgia law is one of them A wave of new initiatives After former President Donald Trump falsely claimed that his November election failure was the result of widespread fraud, the Republican-controlled state legislature passed the bill this year.
Kristen Clarke, Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Justice, stated that the U.S. lawsuit against Georgia is being processed by the Civil Rights Department of the Department of Justice, which “not made this decision lightly.”
Clark said: “Our careful evaluation of the facts and the law shows that” Georgia’s new law violates the U.S. Voting Rights Act because it has “discriminatory purposes.”
The Republican governors of Arizona, Florida, and Iowa also signed new voting restrictions this year, while the state legislatures of Pennsylvania and Texas are also working to advance similar measures.
On March 25, the Georgia law signed by Governor Brian Kemp tightened the identification requirements for absentee ballots, restricted the use of ballot boxes, and allowed Republican-controlled state agencies to take over local voting operations. The state is a key battleground for the 2020 presidential election.
A comprehensive Democratic-sponsored bill aimed at reforming the U.S. election law will overturn the NSW restrictions being passed by the Republican legislature. It failed to make progress in the U.S. Senate this week.
Garland announced earlier this month that the Justice Department is reviewing the new voting restrictions being passed by the Republican state legislatures and will double the number of lawyers enforcing federal voting regulations.
“This lawsuit is the first of many steps we have taken to ensure that all eligible voters can vote,” Garland said on Friday.
“We are reviewing new laws designed to restrict voter access, and when we see violations of federal law, we will take action.”
Garland said Justice will provide guidance on post-election audits conducted by Republicans and Trump supporters that seek to challenge the results of the 2020 election.
Republicans in Arizona have collected votes from the 2020 election and are conducting an “audit” that has been criticized for violations.
Even after the bipartisan review found that Michigan had no evidence of improper voting and rejected Trump’s fraud accusations, Republican lawmakers in Michigan are still considering a similar course of action.
Garland is instructing the FBI and federal prosecutors to investigate and prosecute threats of violence against local election workers since Trump’s failure.
He said, “We have seen a sharp increase in threats and threats of violence against election managers and voting workers.”
Biden Zeng Condemning Georgia’s new law, Calling it “atrocity” and “a flagrant attack on the constitution and conscience.”
After losing the election, Trump has pressured State and local election officials in Georgia overthrew his defeat in the election by disqualifying the Democratic vote.
Trump urged Justice Department officials to remove federal prosecutors in the Atlanta area.Trump’s action is now Under investigation Georgia State Law Enforcement Officer.