In Georgia, a great voting controversy is unfolding, and passions are running high.
Just a few scant months after the Peach State turned blue for the first time since the 1990’s, Georgia’s Republican Governor has signed into law a bill that would tighten restrictions on who could vote and when. This has incensed Democratic lawmakers in the state, with many suggesting that the legislation is akin to a new “Jim Crow”.
President Biden has now weighed in on Georgia’s new law, and he’s indicated that the federal Justice Department may have something to say about it as well.
Asked by reporters on Friday how the White House could respond to the bill, Mr. Biden said “we’re working on that right now.”take our poll - story continues below
“We don’t know quite exactly what we can do at this point. The Justice Department’s taking a look as well,” Mr. Biden said.
He told reporters that the bill was an “atrocity.”
“It has nothing to do with fairness, nothing to do with decency. They passed the law saying you can’t provide water for people standing in line while they’re waiting to vote? You don’t need anything else to know that this is nothing but punitive, designed to keep people from voting. You can’t provide water for people about to vote? Give me a break,” he said.
Of course, were the Justice Department to get involved, there would be all manner of concerns about impugning on states’ rights, and when the federal government would ever have the authority to tell an individual territory how to run their elections.
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