The U.S. Department of Justice has said it will prosecute Georgia for its new law restricting access to voting, in the Biden administration’s first major legal action against voting restrictions in the states led by the Republic.
Merrick Garland, the attorney general, announced the move Friday, noting that it could be a forerunner of actions against other states that have adopted or are considering similar measures. limit the vote.
“Our complaint states that recent changes to Georgia’s election laws have been enacted with the goal of denying or reducing the right of black Georgians to vote because of their race or color,” Garland said.
The case comes after the Biden administration and Congress Democrats immediately suffered a backlash in their efforts to advance legislation to protect voting rights across the country. Republicans in the Senate have blocked a bill this week that would have prevented states from enacting laws that would limit voting.
Garland said any violation of existing federal voting laws – including the Voting Rights Act of 1965 – will be challenged.
The DoJ will “analyze other state laws that have been passed, and monitor the progress of legislative proposals under consideration in additional states where we believe Americans’ civil rights have been violated. We will not hesitate to act,” he said. Garland.