Biden’s Attorney General Merrick Garland is now suing to overturn Georgia’s election law, because it’s too Jim Crow (or Jim Eagle) or something:
ABC NEWS – Attorney General Merrick Garland announced on Friday that the Justice Department is filing suit against the state of Georgia over its sweeping election law recently passed by Republicans, alleging it violates the federal Voting Rights Act by seeking to disenfranchise Black voters.
“Our complaint alleges that recent changes to Georgia’s election laws were enacted with the purpose of denying or abridging the right of Black Georgians to vote on account of their race or color, in violation of Section Two of the Voting Rights Act,” Garland said.
Garland said the bill signed into law earlier this year by Gov. Brian Kemp includes provisions that “make it harder for people to vote,” and the complaint being filed by the department alleges the restrictions were passed “with the purpose of denying or abridging the right to vote on account of race or color.”
Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the department’s Civil Rights Division said the DOJ’s suit will specifically challenge provisions of the law that she said aim to reduce access to absentee voting for Black voters that the department alleges will make it more likely they will have to stand in longer lines than white voters.
“The changes to absentee voting were not made in a vacuum,” Clarke said. “These changes come immediately after successful absentee voting in the 2020 election cycle, especially among Black voters. SB 202 seeks to halt and reverse this progress.”
Clarke said the law also “irrationally shortens” the period voters can request absentee ballots and the period during which election officials can mail them to voters in the 2020 election. The lawsuit will also challenge a provision from the law that places restrictions on the use of drop boxes, Clarke said.
This case is completely absurd. I’d like to remind you of what Georgia law says about absentee ballots.
- A shorter 11-week window before the election to apply for absentee ballots;
- An earlier final deadline of two weeks before the election to complete the application;
- New ID rules used to validate someone’s identity requesting and returning an absentee ballot;
- The banning of state and local governments to send out unsolicited absentee ballots;
- Implementation of secure absentee ballot drop boxes.
The real issue in this case is voter identification. The new legislation now applies to absentee ballots when they are requested and returned, and all that is required is that the voter supply “either their driver’s license number, state ID number, or, if they don’t have those, a copy of acceptable voter ID.”
This means that the lawsuit’s entire premise is discriminatory, because Democrats are claiming that black people will be stymied by having to produce a driver’s license number, state ID number, or voter ID number for whatever reason. It’s ridiculous.
The prior window for applying for an absentee ballot was 6 months, not 11 weeks. But, honestly, who needs that much time? Someone who truly needs to file absentee should be able to do so within a three-month term.
It’s apparent that when McConnell refused to consider Garland’s Supreme Court nominee in 2016, America dodged a bullet. If I’ve ever seen a liberal hack, this guy is it.