US Reps. Remind Garland: States, Not DOJ, Have Authority Over How Elections Are RunEpoch Times, United States politics | The Epoch Times

The ranking members of the House Judiciary Committee and the House Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland criticizing his recent directive to the Justice Department (DOJ) on resetting elections to pre-pandemic laws. Reps. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Mike Johnson (R-La.) on Thursday told Garland that the election guidance the DOJ issued in July is misguided as it is the states’ responsibility to set election laws, not the Justice Department’s. In their letter, Jordan and Johnson said that the U.S. Constitution empowers state legislatures with “primary responsibility for setting election rules,” and that Garland’s guidance opposes the founding document. “Many of the changes that state and local governments made to voting procedures in 2020 were temporary, emergency changes to ‘promote both the safety of their citizens and robust democratic participation during the pandemic,” the congressmen wrote. “These jurisdictions should be allowed to evaluate …Read More

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