GOP joins lawsuit to supporting Georgia

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Two national GOP organizations on Thursday came to Georgia’s defense in a Department of Justice lawsuit that alleges a recently passed election law violates voting protections for minorities.

The Republican National Committee and the National Republican Senatorial Committee announced they are intervening to defend Georgia against the “politically-motivated lawsuit.”

“The RNC is intervening in this case because the security of the ballot is more important than Democrat power grabs,” chair Ronna McDaniel said, adding in a statement that Democrats are “weaponizing the Justice Department by trying to strong-arm the state of Georgia into making its elections less secure.”

NRSC chair and Florida GOP Sen. Rick Scott charged that “Democrats in Washington are fighting tooth and nail to strip states of all local election control, and Georgia is their number one target.”

Republicans argue the election overhaul bill signed in March by GOP Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp puts common-sense voter protections into law, and reduces voter fraud while leaving voting options in place.

But Attorney General Merrick Garland, who announced the lawsuit in late June, accused Georgia of enacting the law “with the purpose of denying or abridging the right of Black Georgians to vote on account of their race or color.”

The DOJ, in its complaint, cites the law for imposing new restrictions and additional steps on the process of casting absentee ballots — changes that come in the context of a “dramatic increase in Black Georgians’ use of absentee voting” in the 2020 election cycle.

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