Attorney general takes on voting rights

Attorney General Merrick Garland announced that the Justice Department is expected to double enforcement staff for protecting the right to vote.
1:56 | 06/11/21

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Accordingly today I'm announcing that within the next thirty days we will double the division's enforcement staff for protecting the right to vote. We will use all existing provisions in the voting rights act the national voter registration act. The help America vote act and the uniformed. And overseas citizens absentee voting act. To ensure that we protect every qualified Americans seeking to participate. In our democracy. We are scrutinizing new laws that seek to curb voter access. And where we see violations. We will not hesitate to act. We are also scrutinizing current laws and practices. In order to determine whether they discriminate against black voters and other voters of color. Particularly concerning in this regard are several studies showing that in some jurisdictions. Nonwhite voters must wait in line substantially longer. Then white voters cast their ballots. We will apply the same scrutiny to post election audits. To ensure de about eyed by federal statutory requirements. To protect election records and avoid intimidation of voters. In that regard we will published guidance. Explaining the civil and criminal statutes that applied to post election audits. And we will likewise published guidance with respect to early voting. And voting by mail. And because the upcoming redistricting cycle will likely be the first since 1960 to proceed with out. The key pre clearance provisions of the voting rights act. We will publish new guidance to make clear. The voting protections that apply to all jurisdictions. As they read draw draw their legislative maps.

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