AG Garland Calls Voter ID Laws ‘Unnecessary’

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Speaking on Sunday in Selma, Alabama, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland decried efforts by states to implement voter ID requirements as “discriminatory, burdensome, and unnecessary.”

Garland spoke at an event at the Tabernacle Baptist Church to commemorate the 59th anniversary of Selma police officers attacking demonstrators in the civil rights movement.

“There are many things that are open to debate in America,” Garland declared. “One thing that must not be open for debate is the right of all eligible citizens to vote and to have their vote counted.”

Garland did not define what he meant by “eligible.”

After citing the history of black people being denied voting rights, he claimed, “Court decisions in recent years have drastically weakened the protections of the Voting Rights Act that marchers on the Edmund Pettus Bridge bled for 59 years ago. And since those decisions, there has been a dramatic increase in legislative measures that make it harder …

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