The Justice Department’s Stunt Voting-Rights Lawsuit against the Georgia Election Law

Attorney General Merrick Garland speaks as he is accompanied by Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Kristen Clarke during a news conference in Washington, D.C., June 25, 2021. (Ken Cedeno/Reuters)
The filing illustrates how far DOJ is willing to go to paint ordinary voting and election laws as racial discrimination.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE O n Thursday, the Justice Department filed a federal Voting Rights Act lawsuit against S.B. 202, the Georgia election law signed by Governor Brian Kemp in late March. The timing of the lawsuit was an obviously political stunt by Attorney General Merrick Garland and Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the Civil Rights Division. The complaint reads more like an op-ed in Mother Jones than a legal case. It illustrates quite how far DOJ is willing to go under Garland and Clarke to paint ordinary voting and election laws as racial discrimination. And it speaks poorly of the Justice Department that

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