DOJ will sue Georgia over it's new restrictive voting laws. Cases like this are rare & this action signifies resolve on the part of DOJ's new leadership to aggressively exercise its authority in this critical area.…
AG Garland says this is the “first of many steps” DOJ will take to guarantee voting rights.
Deputy AG @LisaMonaco says the criminal task force they have created sends a message to every agent & prosecutor in the field to focus on identification, investigation & prosecution of criminal conduct that threatens election officials and workers.
And, still waiting on DOJ's lawsuit itself, but @KristenClarkeJD says they will challenge restrictions on counting out of precinct ballots. That's similar to one of the issues in Brnovich, the big & still undecided SCOTUS voting rights case this term.
Brnovich also involves a challenge to whether Arizona’s ballot-collection law, which limits the people who can turn in absentee ballots violates section 2, an issue it sounds like DOJ will challenge in Georgia as well.
I suspect DOJ is optimistic, despite concerns Brnovich will result in a narrow standard that make it more difficult to prevail on Sec. 2 claims, because of the clear linkage between increased turnout, especially among black voters in Georgia, just ahead of passage of the new law.

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