Garland urges Congress to protect voting rights
In a recently published op-ed in the Washington Post, current US Attorney General Merrick Garland has called on Congress to advance voting rights legislation. Many legal tools to enforce federal voting laws and protect against voter suppression were stripped from the Department of Justice, which Garland heads, following a 2013 Supreme Court decision known as Shelby County v. Holder. Under the current legal conditions, Garland has asserted that “the Justice Department has been left with costly, time-consuming tools that have many of the shortcomings that plagued federal law prior to 1965.”
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