Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita urged federal lawmakers this week not to approve legislation strengthening a federal voting rights law.
The measure would strengthen parts of the Voting Rights Act that had been stripped away in the last several years by the U.S. Supreme Court. Supporters say it would make it harder for states to enact voter restrictions.
But Republicans like Rokita call it a federal takeover of elections. Rokita, testifying before a U.S. Senate committee, said the U.S. Constitution gives the states authority of the time, manner and place of elections.
“S.4 [the voting rights bill] seeks to flip this Constitutional mandate on its head, turning the Department of Justice into a strengthened federal election czar, wielding the power to challenge any new or existing election law based on the whims of the party in power, whoever controls the Justice Department," Rokita said. "And that should never be.”
Rokita pledged to challenge the legislation in court if it becomes law.
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Republicans in Congress have uniformly lined up to oppose the bill, making its passage unlikely.