Kristen Clarke was nominated by the President to serve as Director of the Civil Rights Division of the Ministry of Justice
Washington When Shelby County in Alabama called for the repeal of key parts of the Voting Rights Act nearly a decade ago, civil rights lawyer Kristen Clarke argued that the entire law should be approved. The district court agreed, reiterating that local governments with a history of discriminatory voting practices need federal permission to change their voting laws.
Although the Supreme Court eventually overturned the lower court’s ruling, the case made Clarke one of the main advocates for the protection of the U.S. election law.
If confirmed, she will be appointed by President Biden as Director of the Civil Rights Department of the Ministry of Justice. If appointed, she is likely to play a key role in this issue. The government has promoted voting rights as a priority, and states, including Georgia, are working to enact laws that restrict access to opinion polls.
Biden called Georgia’s recently passed legislation “the Jim Crow of the 21st century.” He and Attorney General Merrick B. Garland (Merrick B. Garland) said the government should retain the right to vote.
Various civil rights issues, such as the increase in violence against Asian Americans and the killing of African Americans by the police, make civil rights enforcement one of the most high-profile items on Biden’s agenda.