"The Department of Justice is suing the state of Georgia," Attorney General Merrick Garland (pictured at right) announced last week. “Our complaint alleges that recent changes to Georgia'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 Right Act."
"The attorney general of the United States essentially declared war on all states in the country that are contemplating passing new voting laws," counters Pete Hutchison, president of Landmark Legal Foundation.
Along with Georgia, numerous state legislatures have passed election-related bills that prevent election fraud, or at least close loopholes to make it harder, but that action has angered Democrats who claim laws, such as voter I.D., disenfranchise minority voters.
"If they don't comport with what the progressive Left wants,” Hutchinson tells One News Now, “then the attorney general is coming after those states, and that is an outrage in and of itself."
Lurking in the background is also the hot-button issue of the 2020 president election and America’s record-breaking vote for Joe Biden. Millions of Americans refuse to believe the non-campaigning Biden defeated Donald Trump and won even more votes -- 12 million --- than Barack Obama. Meanwhile, the Left that insisted Trump won the White House because of Russia now claims the presidential election was free of fraud and to state otherwise is a "Big Lie" conspiracy theory.
Critics of the new Georgia voting law have called it "Jim Crow 2.0” even though The Atlanta Journal Constitution admitted after passage that the new law allows Georgians to “vote more ways and for a longer period than residents of many other states.”
Defenders of the Georgia law have pointed out, for example, that it creates a longer early-voting period than liberal New York’s states own’s law.
Georgia’s new law, the AJC reported, now requires voters to show a driver’s license, or another form of ID, to submit an absentee ballot,which is one of several new restrictions angering Democrats.
The newspaper quoted a state rep, Todd Jones, who said from the House floor that Biden’s home state of Delaware has more restrictive rules for early voting and for absentee voting than Georgia.
"This is an outrageous lawsuit. It’s a deceitful lawsuit,” Hutchison complains. “It ought to be thrown out by a court, and hopefully will be, because it is based on a pack of what really are lies.”