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Justice Department Sues Georgia over Voter Suppression Law

HeadlineJun 28, 2021

The Justice Department has filed a federal lawsuit against the state of Georgia for a sweeping voter suppression law, which the suit says discriminates against Black voters. This is Kristen Clarke, assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division.

Kristen Clarke: “These legislative actions occurred at a time when the Black population in Georgia continues to steadily increase and after a historic election that saw record voter turnout across the state, particularly for absentee voting, which Black voters are now more likely to use than white voters.”

The Georgia law, which passed in March, adds new voter ID requirements, shortens the window for absentee voting, severely limits ballot drop boxes and grants the state power to intervene in elections in Democratic counties.

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