More than 40 members of the Congressional Black Caucus wrote to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland on Tuesday, urging the Justice Department to be “relentless” in challenging state laws that restrict voting rights.
The letter — led by Democratic Reps. Jim Clyburn (S.C.), Ayanna Pressley (Mass.) and Mondaire Jones (N.Y.) — was meant to communicate to the DOJ that the agency needs to “be more aggressive in its work to protect voting rights,” according to a news release from Pressley’s office.
“The future of our democracy is at stake,” the letter says, highlighting how laws established over the past year to restrict access to the vote in more than a dozen states disproportionately disenfranchise Black voters.
Lawmakers condemned these Republican-led efforts to limit voter access as “unabashedly racist and partisan attacks on our nation’s democratic principles.”