Attorney General Garland Takes a Stand Against Voter ID; Claims It Discriminates

Attorney General Merrick Garland vowed to challenge voting restrictions he deemed "discriminatory, burdensome, and unnecessary," implemented by Republican lawmakers. Commemorating the 59th anniversary of the 1965 civil rights milestone "Bloody Sunday," where Alabama police assaulted voting rights protesters, Garland engaged in discussions with Vice President Kamala Harris in Selma, Alabama. Emphasizing that the "right to vote remains threatened," Garland highlighted the historical struggles for Black voting rights.

In front of the Tabernacle Baptist Church on Sunday, Garland said, "There are many things that are open to debate in America." "The right of all eligible citizens to vote and have their vote counted is one thing that should not be up for discussion."

Garland claims that rulings from the Supreme Court have undermined the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Voting restrictions "threaten the foundation of our system of government," he said, pointing out that some voter ID laws and redistricting plans have disadvantaged minority populations.

"That is the reason the Justice Department is retaliating," Garland said in front of the church on Sunday. "For this reason, I increased the size of the civil rights division's voting department by double as soon as I took office. We oppose attempts by states and other entities to impose discriminatory, onerous, and needless limitations on the ability to cast a ballot, such as those pertaining to voter ID laws, drop box use, and mail-in voting.

During her speech at the event, Harris attacked Republican legislators for attempting to impose limitations on voting and access to reproductive healthcare. Harris also used the opportunity to demand an immediate end to hostilities in Gaza.

At the moment, no one has to provide identification in order to vote in 14 states and Washington, D.C. Nonetheless, a 2021 Monmouth survey found that support for voter ID legislation is widespread across political parties, with 62% of Democrats, 87% of independents, and 92% of Republicans favoring the need for identification.


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