Department of Justice sues Georgia over voting law: ‘It’s like Christmas morning…’

Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Friday that the Department of Justice is suing the state of Georgia over The Election Integrity Act and the restrictions it places on voters.

The DOJ claims the law, S.B. 202 which passed in March of this year, unfairly targets minority voters through new regulations including voter ID requirements for absentee ballots, a reduced number of dropbox locations and bans on bars passing out food to those waiting in line to vote.

The move is being scrutinized by lawmakers and voices across the internet.

One GOP official reportedly called it “Christmas morning” for Governor Kemp who addressed the bill in a press conference on Friday. Kemp called the lawsuit a “politically motivated assault on the rule of law and our democracy.” It represents an “unconstitutional power grab,” Kemp said of the federal voting law.

“They are coming to force their agenda on you and your community,” the governor warned of the “woke mob.” Kemp promised that Georgia would prevail in court.

The DOJ has promised to challenge other state voting laws that it claims are discriminatory and will allegedly limit the turnout of minority voters as well.

Former President Trump released a statement on the wild overreach of the DOJ, saying, “Actually, it should be the other way around! The PEOPLE of Georgia should SUE the State…for running a CORRUPT AND RIGGED 2020 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION—and for trying to suppress the VOTE of the AMERICAN PEOPLE in Georgia.”

“If we don’t address these issues from the 2020 Election head on, we will allow the Radical Left Democrats to continue to politicize the DOJ ad Law Enforcement, we will lose our country. SAVE AMERICA!” Trump concluded.

The move by the DOJ comes on the heels of Democrats’ failure to pass HR1/S1 which would have federalized elections.  States have the right to regulate their own elections, and  this expanded federal power grab by the Biden administration has left many questioning the constitutionality.

“Protecting our vote is the job of state legislatures and the DOJ has absolutely no business trying to tell Georgia how to secure their elections. The Biden administration’s Department of Justice is attempting an unconstitutional power grab by interfering in the states’ authority to regulate their own elections. The Democrats failed to pass HR1/SR1 and federalize elections, so Attorney General Garland is now trying to sue his way into achieving the same results,” The American Greatness Fund’s Election Integrity Alliance said in a statement.

“If Georgia had still been covered by Section 5, it is likely that SB 202 would never have taken effect. We urge Congress to restore this invaluable tool,” Garland said, referencing a provision that was overturned by the Supreme Court in the 2013 Shelby Co. v Holder decision.

Garland also said that the DOJ would prioritize threats against election officials.

“A threat to any election official, worker, or volunteer is, at bottom, a threat to democracy. We will promptly and vigorously prosecute offenders to protect the rights of American voters, to punish those who engage in this criminal behavior, and to send the unmistakable message that such conduct will not be tolerated,” Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco echoed. 

Kay Apfel

Comments

Latest Articles