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Arizona AG Backs Georgia in DOJ Battle Over Election Integrity

PHOENIX– Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich has announced he will back Georgia’s effort to challenge a Department of Justice (DOJ) lawsuit which challenges the state’s election reform law.

“As the Attorney General of Arizona, another state where the DOJ is attempting to intimidate local officials, please know that we stand with you in this fight and will do whatever we can to push back against this blatantly political and unmerited attack,” Brnovich wrote to Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr in a letter dated June 25.

Referring to Georgia’s voting law as “common sense,” Brnovich said that, in filing its lawsuit, “the DOJ seems more concerned with appeasing far-leftist pundits and radical activists than upholding the rule of law.”

“All states have the authority, and a duty, to ensure public confidence in the integrity of our electoral process,”  Brnovich wrote.

While supporters of the new law say that it’s a measure to enhance election integrity, opponents claim that the legislation is an effort to promote “voter suppression.”

Announcing the lawsuit on June 25, Attorney General Merrick Garland alleged that the law unfairly targets minority voters and is a violation of the federal Voting Rights Act.

“Our complaint alleges that recent changes to Georgia’s election laws were enacted with the purpose of denying or abridging the right of black Georgians to vote on account of their race or color,” Garland said. “Where we believe the civil rights of Americans have been violated, we will not hesitate to act.”

In a statement to the Epoch Times, Gov. Brian Kemp, who signed the bill into law on March 25, said the DOJ lawsuit is an effort by Democrats to prevent a fair election.

“Now, they are weaponizing the U.S. Department of Justice to carry out their far-left agenda that undermines election integrity and empowers federal government overreach in our democracy,” said Kemp.

“This blatantly political action taken by the United States Department of Justice is factually, legally, and constitutionally wrong,”  Georgia attorney general Christopher Carr told Fox News June 28.  “Anybody who will actually read the Georgia law sees it strengthens security, it expands access, and it improves transparency.”

The new law requires state issued photo identification to vote absentee by mail and mandates that secure drop boxes placed inside early voting locations require constant surveillance. Democrats claim the new measures make it more difficult to vote and disproportionately impacts minority voters.

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