US President Joe Biden has likened a new voting law in the state of Georgia to racist policies of the 20th Century US South, calling it an “atrocity”.
The law adds restrictions to voting that Mr Biden said disproportionately targeted black Americans.
Republicans say they are streamlining voting procedures and trying to restore confidence in the election system.
The president called the law “Jim Crow in the 21st Century” and “a blatant attack on the Constitution”.
Jim Crow refers to the 19th and 20th Century laws that enforced racial segregation in the South.
In last year’s presidential election, Mr Biden became the first Democratic candidate to win Georgia since 1992 – and it was high turnout among black Americans that was believed to have tipped the state in his favour.
What did President Biden say?
In his statement, released on Friday, Mr Biden said: “Recount after recount and court case after court case upheld the integrity and outcome of a clearly free, fair, and secure democratic process.
“Instead of celebrating the rights of all Georgians to vote or winning campaigns on the merits of their ideas, Republicans in the state instead rushed through an un-American law to deny people the right to vote.”
News Source: BBC News