Herald on Sunday
Keen eye on US voting laws
The US Justice Department will scrutinise a wave of new laws in Republican-controlled states that tighten voting rules, Attorney-General Merrick Garland said yesterday, vowing to take action on any violations of federal law. He announced plans to double staff in the department’s civil rights division and said the department would send guidance to states about election-related activity, including mail voting and post-election audits. He also pledged to prosecute those who would threaten election workers, noting a rise in such cases.