The Biden Administration’s Department of Justice announced on Friday, June 25 that it will be suing the state of Georgia over its recently passed election reform and security bill.
The Purpose of the Lawsuit
United States Attorney General Merrick Garland announced the lawsuit, saying, “Today, the Department of Justice is suing the state of Georgia. Our complaint alleges that recent changes to Gerogia’s election laws were enacted with the purpose of denying or abridging the right of black Georgians to vote on account of their race or color in violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.”
While some have interpreted the law to say that it requires all polling places to close at 5 pm and that it imposes a ban on the presence of all food and drinks at Georgia polling places, Governor Brian Kemp has denied this, saying that water bottles with campaign materials are banned, but unattended drink stations for people waiting in line are allowed.
According to election reform defenders, the law does nothing to change current Georgia law about voting deadlines. Current law states that as long as a voter is in line at a polling place by 7 p.m on election day, they must be allowed to vote.
As a result of the interpretation of the law from the Biden Administration and other Democrats, Georgia has suffered some rather significant consequences, the most notable of which was that the MLB decided to remove its all-star game and 2021 draft from Atlanta. This caused large-scale financial losses for the state but did nothing to change the minds of Georgia’s governor or legislature about the meaning of the law.