Justice Department Investigates Attacks on Voting Rights, Says U.S. Attorney General

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WASHINGTON, Oct.4 (Reuters) – United States Attorney General Merrick Garland said on Monday that the Justice Department was “seriously and urgently” investigating how states are changing voting procedures or changing voting procedures. constituencies to make sure they don’t violate federal voting rights.

“We are seriously and urgently investigating and examining further changes in procedures and practices, and in particular examining any redistributions made as a result of the Decennial Census,” Garland said in an interview with the New Yorker Festival.

“We are concerned about attacks on voting systems, attacks from the point of view of Internet security. We are concerned about attacks on secretaries of state and election administrators and even election officials,” a- he said, adding that he had set up a task force to investigate. these threats.

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Garland’s comments come just months after the Justice Department sued Georgia over its new electoral law, alleging it violates the rights of black voters by tightening identification requirements for mail-in ballots , by restricting the use of ballot boxes and even by prohibiting the distribution of water or food to people queuing at polling stations.

In July, the Justice Department also issued legal advice warning states to exercise caution, citing an “unusual second round of reviews” in the 2020 election results occurring in various states, even though none of the recounts earlier had “produced evidence of wrongdoing or error.”

Garland acknowledged that the Justice Department’s legal powers to deal with voting rights have been weakened, in part thanks to a 2013 Supreme Court case that emptied a key section of the Voting Rights Act, and urged Congress to pass new legislation to restore its authority.

“Are our tools weakened? Yes they are,” Garland said. “But our passion has not wavered.”

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Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch; Editing by Aurora Ellis

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