Georgia asks judge to toss DOJ lawsuit targeting voting law

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FILE – In this Jan. 5, 2021 file photo, Helen Thomason marks her ballot at the Lawrenceville Road United Methodist Church in Tucker, Ga. during the Senate runoff election. Voting integrity activists argue several parts of Georgia’s new election law criminalize normal election observation activities. The state argues that those provisions reinforce previous protections and are necessary for election security. A federal judge is set to hear arguments Thursday, July 1 on the activists’ request that he bar election officials from enforcing those provisions. (AP Photo/Ben Gray, File)

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia is asking a judge to toss out a Department of Justice lawsuit challenging the state’s sweeping new election law.

In a motion to dismiss filed Wednesday in federal court in Atlanta, lawyers for the state called the lawsuit “a politicized intrusion” into the state’s constitutional authority to regulate its elections.

They wrote that the state’s election laws “are reasonable, non-discriminatory, and well within the mainstream of election laws across the country.”

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland announced the lawsuit last month, saying that Republican state lawmakers in Georgia had rushed the election overhaul through with an intent to deny Black voters equal access to the ballot.

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