We need to take the threat to voting rights from the fascist machinations of the GOP seriously.

Attorney General Merrick Garland appears to grasp the situation for what it is:

June 11, 2021

Attorney General Merrick Garland pledged Friday to double the size of the Justice Department’s voting rights enforcement staff to vigorously combat efforts to restrict ballot access and prosecute those who threaten or harm election workers.

In an expansive speech that invoked the nation’s long and at times faltering progress toward ensuring every American’s right to vote, Garland likened the fight against current efforts to curtail ballot access to past campaigns to enshrine voting rights for Black Americans in the Constitution and the seminal Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Garland said the additional trial attorneys, which he plans to hire over the coming 30 days, will scrutinize new laws and existing practices across the nation for potential discrimination against Americans of color, including new measures being pushed by GOP state lawmakers. They will vigorously enforce provisions of the Voting Rights Act by challenging such laws or practices in court — and prosecute anyone found to intimidate or threaten violence against election officials…

Garland’s announcement represents one of the most sweeping commitments to voting rights in recent U.S. history — one made necessary, he said, by the raft of laws being considered in dozens of state legislatures.


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