Biden admin to launch full-scale challenge to GOP-passed state election laws

The Post Millennial reports that President Joe Biden’s White House revealed on Thursday that it’s launching a campaign to challenge recently passed election integrity laws in a number of Republican-led states. 

According to White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, the campaign may include a combination of “legal action” and “empowering and engaging activists.”

“You’ve also seen that we’ve taken steps from our Department of Justice to use legal action, where relevant and where legal — where the law allows for, to push back on and take action in states where it is — where legislation is making it more difficult or where laws are making it more difficult for people to vote,” Psaki said.

Psaki continued: “We also believe very much that empowering and engaging activists and creating grassroots movements — something that the Vice President is continuing to play a very prominent and prevalent role in doing — is also a part of how we’re going to work to fight legislation and fight actions to suppress voters around the country.”

“Every lever” of government

Earlier in the press conference, Psaki revealed that Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were scheduled to meet with “Black leaders from top civil rights organizations.” Harris, in addition, was scheduled to speak at Howard University on behalf of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and its “I Will Vote” campaign.

The meetings are part of the non-judicial response that the Biden administration is leading in opposition to the recent election laws passed in states like Georgia and Arizona. Psaki said that the Biden administration intends to use “every lever of the federal government” to combat the new laws.

Republicans, following the 2020 election, have argued that such laws are necessary to both ensure fair elections and to restore faith in the voting process. Democrats, on the other hand, have argued that the laws suppress votes, particularly the votes of minorities.

Psaki also said on Thursday: “Our constitutional rights are on the line because state legislatures have forced through a wave of anti-voter laws based on the same repeatedly disproven lies that led to an assault on our nation’s Capitol in one of the darkest days in the history of American democracy.”

Legal action

As Psaki pointed out this week, in addition to the non-judicial approach, the Biden administration will also lead a legal battle against some of the Republican states.

CBS News reported that U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland and his Department of Justice (DOJ) have already filed a lawsuit against Georgia, arguing that its recently passed voter integrity law is discriminatory. It’s unclear how far the case will go, particularly given the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in which it upheld two of Arizona’s voter integrity laws.

In addition, Psaki said that Biden is looking to “sign a piece of voting rights legislation into law.”

The Democrats, indeed, have been pushing a piece of voting legislation. But, it is so extreme that some moderate congressional Democrats want nothing to do with it, which has stifled the effort.

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