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
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.
, 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
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.