NBC News reports:
Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Friday that he plans to double the number of staff within the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division dedicated to protecting voting rights.
“There are plenty of things up for debate in America, but the right of all eligible Americans to vote is not one of them,” Garland said.
The staffing surge would occur over the next the next 30 days, he said, and the beefed-up unit will use all laws at its disposal “to ensure that we protect every qualified American seeking to participate in our democracy.”
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AG Garland says the DOJ will scrutinize new laws that seek to curb voter access, current laws to determine if they discriminate against voters of color, and post election audits pic.twitter.com/PeWgdnUdji
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