Attorney General Merrick Garland violated his pledge to avoid “politicizing” the Department of Justice (DOJ) by destroying states’ election laws in a statement honoring the one-year anniversary of the death of civil rights veteran Democratic Rep. did.
“Since 2013, there has been a dramatic increase in legislative efforts nationwide making it harder for millions of citizens to vote. This increase has accelerated after the 2020 elections,” Garland said in a statement. Saturday morning statement.
“The recent further narrowing of voting security only underscores the need for legislative action. The Justice Department is using all the tools at its disposal to protect the voting rights of all citizens, but it is not enough. requires Congress to pass the Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, which will provide the department with vital tools to protect the right to vote and ensure every vote counts.”
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Garland overturned a 2013 Supreme Court ruling in Shelby County v. Holder, which struck down the preclearance provisions of the Voting Rights Act, which Garland had considered “one of the nation’s most effective tools to protect voting rights.” “
Vice President Kamala Harris echoed Garland’s comments on Saturday, remembering Rep. Lewis and also said, “Today, the fight is not over. Our right to vote is under attack in states across the country.”
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During his Senate confirmation hearing, Garland promised to keep politics out of the DOJ. Ted Cruz, telling in an exchange with R-Texas, “I’m going to tell you what I think an attorney general should do—which is to look at the facts before making a decision. I’ll also tell you I have been that I will never take any decision in the department on the basis of politics or favoritism.”
However, the country’s top law enforcement officials have come under fire from critics, who argue that the DOJ’s recent decision to “politicize” the department to prosecute Georgia over its controversial new voting law.
In June, Garland directed the DOJ to sue Georgia, alleging that Republican state lawmakers ran through a sweeping overhaul intended to deny black voters equal access to the ballot.
Georgia officials fired back, saying the lawsuit is “clearly political” and that Georgia’s law actually strengthens security, expands access and improves transparency in elections.
Furthermore, Biden was strongly reprimanded by the Washington Post fact-checker, earning “Four Pinocchios” for their false claim that Georgia’s new law “expires early voting hours.” The law actually allows counties to increase early voting hours and Election Day hours were not changed.
Less than a week later, the Supreme Court issued a decision in the closely watched election integrity case, Branovich v. Democratic National Committee, upholding Arizona’s ability to enforce laws to secure the election process. – which included rules that declared the cutting of ballot papers illegal and gave provisional permission. Ballots cast in the wrong field will be thrown out.
The debate over state election integrity laws is unlikely to go away anytime soon, as laws in Georgia, Texas, Arizona and other states continue to make national headlines.
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Senator Klobuchar, D-Min., and liberal activist Stacey Abrams are expected to host town hall-style “discussion with Georgia voters on Sunday before heading to Capitol Hill on Monday for a hearing of the Senate Committee on Voting Rights”.
Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr, who will defend the state’s election law in court against the DOJ, criticized Democrats on Twitter for lying about the state’s election law and preventing the public from attending the program.
A group of Texas Democratic state lawmakers made a splash this week when they flew out of Austin and flew to Washington, D.C., in an effort to block a Republican-backed election integrity bill, which they claim will bolster voters. will cause repression.
Vice President Harris praised Democrats for “daring, courageous action.”