U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland speaks during an event at the Justice Department in Washington, June 15, 2021.
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The Department of Justice is filing a lawsuit challenging new voting restrictions in Georgia, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Friday.
“Where we see violations of federal law, we will act,” Garland said at a press conference.
He called the lawsuit “the first of many steps we are taking to ensure that all eligible voters can cast a vote.”
The federal suit was announced about three months after Republican Gov. Brian Kemp of Georgia signed into law the election overhaul bill, which had been passed by the GOP-controlled legislature.
The law reportedly enacts a slew of restrictive and potentially confusing measures that critics allege will harm turnout, especially in Democrat-and-minority-heavy urban and suburban counties.
The changes sparked a national outcry from Democrats and voting-rights groups, as well as from major business leaders, such as Coca-Cola and the NCAA, which protested the Peach State’s action.
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