The Department of Justice sues Georgia over its voting limitations law.
According to Axios, the Justice Department stated on Friday that it will sue Georgia over its contentious voting restrictions bill.
“Our complaint alleges that recent changes to Georgia’s election laws were enacted with the purpose of denying or abridging the right of Black Georgians to vote on account of their race or color, in violation of Section Two of the Voting Rights Act,” Attorney General Merrick Garland stated on Friday.
DOJ sues Georgia over voting restrictions law
Georgia enacted a new law in the aftermath of the 2020 election bill, despite backlash from former President Donald Trump and his allies who promoted false fraud claims. The new law restricts drop boxes, requires new voter identification requirements, and reduces the time voters have to request absentee ballots, among other provisions.
The DOJ’s decision follows Garland’s pledge to emphasize voting rights and more than quadruple the amount of workers dedicated to voting rights protection.
It is also the first significant step taken by the Biden administration in reaction to a wave of voting restrictions implemented throughout the country by Republican-led states, according to Axios.
“This lawsuit is the first of many steps we are taking to ensure that all eligible voters can cast a vote, that all lawful votes are counted, and that every voter has access to accurate information,” Garland said.