Thursday, August 5

Supreme Court Backs Arizona Voter Integrity Rules

In this April 23, 2021, file photo, members of the Supreme Court pose for a group photo at the Supreme Court in Washington. Seated from left are Associate Justice Samuel Alito, Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, Chief Justice John Roberts, Associate Justice Stephen Breyer and Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Standing from left are Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh, Associate Justice Elena Kagan, Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch and Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett.

The Supreme Court ruled 6-3 to uphold voting integrity rules in Arizona that a lower court had found discriminatory under the federal Voting Rights Act.

In an opinion by Justice Samuel Alito, the court reversed an appellate ruling in deciding that Arizona’s regulations on ballot harvesting and requiring voters to casting ballots in their own precinct are not racially discriminatory.

Alito wrote for the conservative majority that the state’s interest in the integrity of elections justified the measures and that voters faced “modest burden” at best.

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