Garland said in his speech to the staff of the Civil Rights Division that he would double the division’s enforcement staff within the next thirty days, in order to deal with challenges to voting rights nationwide.
“We must rededicate the resources of the Department of Justice to a critical part of its original mission: enforcing federal law to protect the franchise for all voters,” he said.
Audits like Arizona’s will come under scrutiny, Garland said, “to ensure they abide by federal statutory requirements to protect election records and avoid the intimidation of voters.”
The DOJ, he said, will also “publish guidance explaining the civil and criminal statutes that apply to post-election audits.”
Two Arizona Republicans rejected Garland’s plan to review the partisan audit, despite federal law that gives the DOJ ample latitude in that role.
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