Human Rights Campaign Reacts To Biden Justice Department Suing Georgia Over Voting Restrictions

by Wyatt Ronan

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the Biden Administration’s Justice Department announced a new lawsuit against the state of Georgia in response to the law that Governor Brian Kemp enacted to create new voter restrictions that included extraneous identification requirements, empowers state officials to overtake local election boards, limits absentee ballot drop boxes, and denies people the right to hand out bottled water for those waiting in long lines at polling places. Just as a number of voter restriction bills have proliferated in state legislatures across the country, many of the same extremist legislatures have advanced and enacted anti-transgender bills targeting young people. Human Rights Campaign President Alphonso David issued the following statement in reaction to the Department of Justice’s action today against the state of Georgia:

By suing Georgia, the U.S. Department of Justice is recognizing the state’s voter suppression law for exactly what it is: a brazen attempt to limit democracy and voter participation — particularly and disproportionately impacting Black voters. The Human Rights Campaign worked hard to engage and mobilize voters to deliver Georgia’s sixteen electoral votes for President Biden and Senators Raphael Warnock and John Ossoff. The record turnout that produced these hard-won victories inspired the Georgia legislature to deny voters their voices, and effectively attempt to silence the pro-equality majority in the state. The people of Georgia need to be heard and represented, and the agenda they voted for deserves to be enacted.

Alphonso David, Human Rights Campaign President

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