The U.S. Department of Justice stated that it will sue Georgia for its new ballot restrictions. This is the first major legal action taken by the Biden administration against Georgia. Voting limit In a state led by the Republican Party.
Attorney General Merrick Garland (Merrick Garland) announced the move on Friday and said it may be a harbinger of action against other states that have taken or are considering similar measures. Restricted voting.
“Our complaint alleges that the recent changes to Georgia’s election law are aimed at depriving or denying black Georgians the right to vote because of their race or color,” Garland said.
This case occurred after the Biden administration and Congressional Democrats suffered setbacks in advancing legislation to protect national voting rights. Senate Republicans blocked a bill this week that would prevent states from enacting laws that restrict voting.
Garland said that any violation of existing federal voting laws—including the Voting Rights Act of 1965—will be questioned.
The U.S. Department of Justice will “analyze other state laws that have been passed, and we are monitoring the progress of legislative proposals under consideration in other states where we believe that Americans’ civil rights have been violated. We will act without hesitation,” Garland said.