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Attorney General Merrick Garland rebuked GOP-backed sham audits and ballot reviews as “based on disinformation” and said the Department of Justice will recommit efforts to combatting voter suppression in a Friday afternoon speech.
Arizona is now nearly two months into an unprecedented and highly controversial recounting exercise of millions of ballots in Maricopa County, which Garland mentioned without naming the county or the state.
“Some jurisdictions, based on disinformation, have utilized abnormal post-election audit methodologies that may put the integrity of the voting process at risk and may undermine public confidence in our democracy,” he said.
“The Justice Department will do everything its power to prevent election fraud and to vigorously prosecute it,” Garland added. “But many of the justifications proffered in support of these post-election audits and restrictions on voting have relied on assertions on material vote fraud in the 2020 election that have been refuted by law enforcement and intelligence agencies…many of the changes are not even calibrated to address the kinds of voter fraud that are alleged as justification.”
Garland also announced that the Civil Rights Division would double its staff working on voting rights enforcement in the next 30 days and publish more federal guidance amid the backdrop of the Arizona recount, similar efforts to review and examine ballots in other states, and a nationwide wave of GOP-backed laws cracking down on voting and election officials.
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Source:: Business Insider