Georgia Republicans are implementing new election suppression laws to target and remove black local election officials.
The New York Times reported:
Across Georgia, at least 10 district electoral committees have been dismissed, removed from office, or are likely to be dismissed by local ordinances or new laws passed by the state legislature. At least five are colored and most are Democrats – although some are Republicans – and they will most likely all be replaced by Republicans.
The same targeting is happening in Arkansas and Kansas and could soon be coming to Arizona as well.
There has been much discussion, rightly, of the Republican electoral rigging laws affecting people's choice, but an even more sinister element of these bills is the transfer of control of the electoral process to partisan politicians.
The Justice Department is signaling that it is on the verge of meddling in and joining lawsuits suing Republican-led states over their latest wave of voter suppression.
However, the federal government needs to do more. Laws need to be passed to ensure free and fair elections in every state. Both the John Lewis Voting Rights Act and the For The People Act must come into effect.
Republicans disempower African Americans in Georgia. These laws are about hanging a whites-only sign over the ballot box and destroying equal access to the democratic process.
Mr. Easley is the executive editor of the White House press pool and congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor's degree in political science. His thesis focused on public policy with a specialization in social reform movements.
Awards and professional memberships
Member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Political Science Association