Attorney General Merrick Garland on Friday announced new measures at the Justice Department to help protect voting rights.
Attorney General Merrick Garland: “Today I am announcing that within the next 30 days we will double the division’s enforcement staff for protecting the right to vote. … 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.”
At least 22 new laws restricting voting access have been passed in over a dozen states since the start of the year, as Republicans and conservative Democrats continue to block crucial voting rights bills from becoming law.
In other Justice Department news, Attorney General Garland is meeting with CNN, The New York Times and The Washington Post today to discuss the Trump administration seizing records from reporters as part of a sweeping probe into government leaks. On Sunday, reports emerged that Trump’s Justice Department also seized the records of top White House lawyer Don McGahn and his wife Shannon.