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The Department of Justice took aim Wednesday at post-election audits and a flurry of voting laws passed in the wake of the 2020 elections, warning states some of their actions may run afoul of the law.
The two new guidances released by the department follow a commitment from Attorney General Merrick Garland in June to offer states a refresher on legal obligations as DOJ ramps up its enforcement of voting rights statutes.
The article goes on to state the following:
The guidance on post-election audits is a clear shot at an effort underway in Arizona, where the state hired an outside firm with no election experience to review its ballots, prompting concern that ballots were being improperly shared with and handled by the company.
Within the guidance, the DOJ wrote, “The department is concerned that some jurisdictions conducting them may be using, or proposing to use, procedures that risk violating the Civil Rights Act.”
“Where elections records are no longer under the control of elections officials, this can lead to a significant risk of the records being lost, stolen, altered, compromised, or destroyed,” it continued. “This risk is exacerbated if the election records are given to private actors who have neither experience nor expertise in handling such records and who are unfamiliar with the obligations imposed by federal law.”
The DOJ was referring to Cyber Ninjas, a cyber security firm hired by the state to conduct the election audit in Maricopa Country. The department sent a letter to Arizona back in May, sharing their concern over the firm’s plans for the audit.
“Federal law prohibits engaging in actions that are likely to deter voters from voting in the future, and that threat of certain kinds of investigations in the past had been held by federal courts to be potentially intimidating to voters,” a DOJ official said on Wednesday, according to the report. “The reason we’re issuing this as guidance is to tell jurisdictions, generally, that we are concerned that if they’re going to conduct these audits — so-called audits — of the past elections, they have to comply with federal law and warning them that they can’t conduct these audits in a way that is going to intimidate voters.”
The DOJ is also currently filing a lawsuit against the state of Georgia for passing voter integrity laws, expressing the concern that the legislation violates the Voting Rights Act.
The department insists that the legislation, which includes reforms such as requiring voter ID for absentee ballots, are racially motivated.
“We didn’t want to sort of give jurisdictions safe harbor to say, ‘Well because we ran our voting system this way before the pandemic, we’re free to go back to that,’ even if going back to that has a racially discriminatory impact,” the DOJ official said. “What we’re just saying to jurisdictions is: you should not assume that if you abandon the practices that have made it easier for people to vote, that abandonment is not going to get scrutiny from the Department of Justice.”
BREAKING: DOJ fires off another warning shot at Arizona & other states considering ‘unusual’ election audits that they may run afoul of federal law. And states rolling back pandemic-era voting practices also get a talking to. w/@ZachMontellaro https://t.co/Ln2NgGCxsb
— Josh Gerstein (@joshgerstein) July 28, 2021
Radical activists running the DOJ are claiming that reforms such as voter ID are racially motivated.@ElectionLawCtr says the lawsuit is not only an abuse of power but also an attempt by the Left to turn the Voting Rights Act into a partisan ratchet. https://t.co/u0rnp5Db4u
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) July 28, 2021
— John Kruzel (@johnkruzel) July 28, 2021
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