Justice Department Sues Georgia Over New Voting Restrictions, Claiming Discriminatory Intent
The Justice Department filed a civil rights lawsuit today challenging several portions of Georgia’s contentious new voting law, which the Justice Department alleges were enacted with the intent “to deny or abridge the right of Black Georgians to vote on account of race or color.”
In a complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, the Justice Department alleges that portions of Georgia’s Senate Bill 202, enacted into law in March, violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, which prohibits discriminatory voting laws.
The lawsuit is a signal that the Biden Justice Department plans to go on the offensive against a campaign by Republicans in statehouses across the country to tighten voting laws following baseless and widespread claims, most notably from former President Donald Trump, that the 2020 election was stolen.
“The right of all eligible citizens to vote is the central pillar of our democracy, the right from which all other rights ultimately flow,” Attorney General Merrick Garland said in a press release. “This lawsuit is the first step of many 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.”
The Justice Department is challenging provisions, among others, that shorten the deadline to request absentee ballots to 11 days before Election Day, limit counties’ use of absentee ballot drop boxes, and ban churches and civic groups from providing food and water to voters waiting in l
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