'Damaging to our democracy': Trump election lawsuits targeted areas with large Black, Latino populations

USA Today

Gerry Hebert, who spent 21 years at the Justice Department enforcing voting rights laws, said the lawsuits underscore democracy's fragility. "I think people in the African American and Latino communities, for many years, have felt they are targeted for voter suppression. I think all of these lawsuits have confirmed what they have known for a long time, which is that Jim Crow seems to be alive and well," Hebert said. "Whenever you have a situation where a campaign is trying to prevent the votes of minority voters from being counted, you want to look into it and see what's going on there," said Paul Smith, the Campaign Legal Center's litigation director. 

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