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Georgia Is Being Sued By The Justice Department For Its Restrictive Voting Laws.
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Georgia Is Being Sued By The Justice Department For Its Restrictive Voting Laws.


The Justice Department announced on Friday that it is suing the state of Georgia over a restrictive voting law enacted in response to former President Donald Trump's lies about widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election.

A New York Times analysis of the law, signed by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R), discovered 16 key provisions that restrict ballot access in the state, particularly in Democratic-leaning urban and suburban counties.

The lawsuit, first reported by Mother Jones, was filed eight years to the day after the Supreme Court, in a majority opinion written by Chief Justice John Roberts, struck down key provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which required states with a history of racist voting laws to seek federal approval before enacting new voting laws.

Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta, Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke, and Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Pam Karlan, all long-time voting rights advocates, have now taken key positions at the Justice Department.

Earlier this month, Attorney General Merrick Garland stated that the Biden administration would “rededicate the Department of Justice’s resources to a critical part of its original mission: enforcing federal law to protect the franchise for all eligible voters.”

Garland stated that the department's staff would be doubled within 30 days to work on voting rights cases.

“There are many things open to debate in America,” Garland said, “but the right of all eligible citizens to vote is not one of them; the right to vote is the cornerstone of our democracy, the right from which all other rights flow.”

This is a developing story, so please return for updates.

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