(USA Features) Attorney General Merrick Garland on Friday said the Justice Department will scrutinize states and localities that are conducting audits of 2020 ballots under the guise of ensuring that voting rights are protected.
“We are scrutinizing new laws that seek to curb voter access and where we see violations we will not hesitate to act,” Garland said.
“We are also scrutinizing current laws and practices in order to determine whether they discredit against black voters and other voters of color,” Garland added.
“Particularly concerning within this regard are several studies showing that in some jurisdictions nonwhite voters must wait in line substantially longer than white voters to cast their ballots,” the AG said.
Garland added that his department will intervene to ensure that federal voting and records protection laws are upheld.
In his speech to the Justice Department on Friday, Garland complained about a 2013 Supreme Court decision that rolled back the federal authority over voting laws, and pledged to confront states he claimed “will make it harder to vote.”
“We are scrutinizing new laws that seek to curb voter access, and where we see violations of federal law, we will not hesitate to act,” Garland said. “We are also scrutinizing current laws and practices, in order to determine whether they discriminate against black voters and other voters of color.”
Addressing states that have shored up voter integrity with new statutes, Garland said that “based on disinformation, have utilized abnormal post-election audit methodologies that may put the integrity of the voting process at risk and undermine public confidence in our democracy.”
He went on to pledge that the DoJ would “investigate and promptly prosecute” any threats that violate federal law.