The Justice Department is suing the state of Georgia over its new voting law that critics say make it harder for African Americans to vote.
‘The rights of all eligible citizens to vote, are the central pillars of our democracy,’ Attorney General Merrick Garland said on Friday.
‘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,’ he said.
‘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 then every voter has access to accurate information,’ Garland said.
‘Where we believe the civil rights of Americans have been violated, we will not hesitate to act,’ he noted.
The announcement comes after Senate Republicans filibustered a Democratic voting rights bill.
And it comes as Republican-led states have imposed new voting restrictions after Biden defeated President Donald Trump last year.
As of June 21, 17 states enacted 28 new laws that restrict access to the vote this year alone, according to the Brenner Center for Justice.
‘I expressed concern about the dramatic rise in state legislative actions that will make it harder for millions of citizens to cast a vote that counts,’ Garland said.