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U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Friday that the Department of Justice (DOJ) is filing a lawsuit against Georgia over the election integrity law it signed earlier this year. Signed in March following intense controversy over the reliability of Georgia’s results in the 2020 presidential election, the law requires voters to provide a state ID card number to request and submit absentee ballots, limits the placement and accessibility of drop boxes for mail ballots, shortens runoff elections from nine weeks to four weeks after a general election, forbids activists for candidates from giving items of any monetary value (such as water bottles) to voters waiting in line, and empowers the Georgia State Elections Board to override county election boards to require more polling places or voting machines in precincts with excessive waits in line. For months, Democrats, left-wing activists, and their media allies have attacked the bill as an effort in “voter suppression,” particularly targeting black voters (despite the fact that black Americans overwhelmingly support basic election integrity measures such as photo ID requirements).

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