Biden slams Georgia voting law as 'a blatant attack' on U.S. constitution

March 26, 2021 2:56 PM EDT

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Joe Biden speaks to reporters as he holds his first formal news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., March 25, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Joe Biden on Friday condemned a new voting law in Georgia as "a blatant attack on the constitution and good conscience."

In a statement, Biden described the law, which the state's Republican-dominated legislature approved this week, as a 21st century version of the so-called Jim Crow laws once used to suppress the vote of African Americans.

(Reporting by Jason Lange; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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