UPDATED 8:45 AM PT – Saturday, June 12, 2021
Attorney Gen. Merrick Garland announced the Department of Justice’s plans to aggressively fight voting laws. In a speech on Friday, Garland heavily criticized the ongoing election audit in Arizona and said the Justice Department plans to implement measures to stop Republicans from putting policies in place that ensure election integrity.
The Democrat judge also stated the DOJ will double the number of lawyers in its civil rights division within the next 30 days. The increase in staff will be utilized to challenge new laws that restrain voter access as well as monitor future election audits.
— Justice Department (@TheJusticeDept) June 11, 2021
Critics of Garland’s claims of protecting voters say his comments on voter discrimination are demonstrably false. They also argue his plans are a partisan public relations ploy that has no justification.
“We know that expanding the ability of all eligible citizens to vote is the central pillar. That means ensuring that all eligible voters can cast a vote, that all lawful votes are counted and that every voter has access to accurate information,” he explained. “The Department of Justice will never stop working to protect the democracy to which all Americans are entitled.”
Garland refused to take questions after his address.