The U.S. Department of Justice is launching a lawsuit against a new electoral law in the state of Georgia that is detrimental to certain populations. According to Justice Minister Garland, the law affects the rights of black voters.
Georgia, where Republicans have the majority in the regional parliament, introduced the new legislation earlier this year. There are now stricter rules for identifying voters who want to vote. The law also prohibits the distribution of water to people who queue in front of the polling station. The Democrats call the law racist, because, for example, there are more frequent queues for polling stations in black quarters.
State Congress adopted the new rules after President Trump claimed his party had been disadvantaged by large-scale fraud. That claim was not substantiated by evidence in a series of lawsuits. Other states governed by Republicans, such as Arizona, Florida and Iowa, have also adopted electoral rules that disadvantage populations who vote democratically by majority.
“First of Many Steps”
“This lawsuit is the first of many steps we take to ensure that all voters can vote,” Minister Garland said at a press conference. “We are going to investigate new laws aimed at making elections less accessible, and when we see violations of federal law, we act.”
Earlier this week, a proposal for a new federal electoral law stranded in the U.S. Senate. That law should have better protected minorities voting rights, reducing the influence of money in US politics and reducing parties influence on constituency classification. The fifty Republican senators voted against. It took sixty votes to deal with the law.
President Biden promised to take other steps to protect voting rights after voting away from the law. He called Georgias new law an abomination.