WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) issued the following statement regarding the Justice Department’s announcement that it will increase enforcement of federal laws to protect access to voting.

“Today’s announcement from Attorney General Merrick Garland that the Department of Justice will increase enforcement of federal voting rights laws is a vital step toward protecting the right of Americans to participate in our democracy, especially in the face of efforts to roll back voting rights in so many states. However, as Attorney General Garland noted, it does not change the responsibility of Congress to enact laws that will protect this fundamental freedom. 

“The stakes could not be higher and we must take immediate legislative steps, such as setting basic national standards to make sure all Americans can cast their ballot in the way that works best for them. The fight to ensure everyone’s right to vote is far from over, and I will continue to work with my colleagues to get critical voting reforms passed in the Senate.”

Earlier this year, Klobuchar led a letter with 19 colleagues to the Biden administration urging it to take executive actions to strengthen our democracy, including urging the Department of Justice to improve the enforcement of federal voting rights laws and prosecution of violations of those laws.

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