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The United States on Friday announced measures against electoral discrimination affecting minorities, amid an effort by Republicans to implement changes deemed harmful to black voters.

Attorney General Merrick Garland said he would double the number of lawyers guaranteed the right to vote. He said that locally proposed laws and practices in the country would be challenged which could make it difficult for minorities to vote.

“We are looking at new laws aimed at denying voter access, and we will not hesitate to take action where we see violations of federal law,” he warned. “We also review existing laws and practices to determine whether they discriminate against black or non-black voters.”

Garland pointed out that, in many places, non-white people face long lines to vote, while mostly white areas have the least wait. He indicated that his department would establish rules for early and postal voting, reorganize districts and control counting. Standards will be implemented to guarantee equal rights for voters.

After the complicated 2020 election, Garland warned that at least 14 states have passed laws that would make it harder to participate in elections. All of them were campaigned by Republicans and led to opposition from Democrats.

Republicans lost to Democrats in several states where black voters voted en masse.

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