The US Department of Justice said it will sue Georgia over its new law limiting access to the ballot, in the Biden administration’s first major legal action against Voting restrictions in republican-led states.
Merrick Garland, the attorney general, announced the move on Friday, and suggested it could be a prelude to taking action against other countries that have adopted or are considering similar measures Voting Restriction.
“Our complaint claims that recent changes to Georgia’s election laws were enacted with the purpose of denying or diminishing the right of black Georgians to vote on the basis of their race or color,” Garland said.
The case comes after the Biden administration and congressional Democrats suffered a setback in their efforts to push forward legislation to protect voting rights across the country. Senate Republicans blocked a bill this week that would have prevented states from enacting laws that would restrict voting.
Garland said any violations of existing federal voting laws — including the Voting Rights Act of 1965 — would be challenged.
The Department of Justice will “analyze other state laws that have passed, and we are following progress on legislative proposals under consideration in other states where we believe Americans’ civil rights have been violated. We will not hesitate to act,” Garland said.