DOJ issues warnings to states on voting laws and audits The Department of Justice took aim Wednesday at post-election audits and a flurry of voting laws passed after the 2020 elections, warning states some of their actions may run afoul of the law. State audits of 2020 election could violate federal law, DOJ warnsSeveral states have pursued audits in light of Trump's baseless claims of election fraud. U.S. Justice Dept. warns states to tread carefully in auditing electionsPresident Joe Biden's administration on Wednesday issued legal guidance aimed at curbing voting rights abuses in U.S. states such as Arizona, where Republican officials launched a contentious audit in a failed bid to reverse former President Donald Trump' Justice Dept. Warns States on Voting Laws and Election AuditsThe department said that auditors could face criminal or civil penalties if they flouted elections laws.