The Ministry of Justice files lawsuit against new voting restrictions in Georgia.
Attorney General Merrick Garland announced the DOJ’s actions during a press conference this morning.
“This lawsuit is the first of many steps we are taking to ensure that all eligible voters have one vote, that all legitimate votes are counted, and that every voter has access to accurate information,” he said.
“The right to vote for all citizens entitled to vote is the central pillar of our democracy,” said Garland. “They are the rights from which all other rights ultimately arise.”
He added, “Where we believe Americans’ civil rights have been violated, we will not hesitate to act.”
US Attorney General Merrick Garland announced that the Justice Department is suing Georgia for changing electoral laws “with the aim of denying or restricting black Georgians the right to vote based on race or color.” pic.twitter.com/Gi7B4i4zXV
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The lawsuit comes three months after Georgia Governor Brian Kemp (R) signed a GOP-backed measure restricting voting rights. including limiting postal voting and imposing stricter identification requirements. It also includes a measure that makes it an administrative offense to offer food and water to voters waiting in line.
A lawsuit was served on the state in April submitted by the New Georgia Project, Black Voters Matter Fund and Rise, Inc., which determined the restrictions will disproportionately affect poorer communities and people of color.
“These provisions lack any justification for their onerous and discriminatory effects on voting,” read the lawsuit. “Instead, they are a hodgepodge of unnecessary restrictions that target almost every aspect of the electoral process, but serve no legitimate purpose or overriding state interest other than to make postal voting, early voting and election day more difficult – especially for minority voters.”
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