Under Arizona law, voters must vote in the precinct assigned based on their address, and residents who vote early may do so by mail up to 27 days before an election. If a voter casts a ballot in the wrong precinct, the vote is nullified. Under House Bill 2023, Arizona bars anyone other than a postal worker, elections official, or voter’s caregiver, family member, or household member from collecting an early ballot. The intent of lawmakers is to prevent ballot harvesting.
The Democratic National Committee filed a lawsuit against the state, claiming that the out-of-precinct voting provision and HB 2023 are racially discriminatory and violate Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
The U.S. Supreme Court disagreed. By a vote of 6-3, the court ruled (PDF) that the provisions “were not enacted with a racially discriminatory purpose.”
Justice Samuel Alito said voters having identify their own precinct and then travel to the precinct doesn’t exceed the “usual burdens of voting.”
Leftists are steamed up about the decision upholding these common-sense voting laws.
“I am deeply disappointed in today’s decision by the United States Supreme Court that undercuts the Voting Rights Act,” President Joe Biden wrote on Twitter. “In a span of just eight years, the Court has now done severe damage to two of the most important provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 – a law that took years of struggle and strife to secure.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the decision is part of an “unprecedented assault on voting rights.”
The high court’s ruling gives leftists more fuel for trying to pack the high court with leftist justices. From Fox News:
Some Democrats were even harsher in their responses to the court’s final rulings of its term, lashing with demands to pack the court. Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., responded specifically to the Arizona ruling, saying that the alleged reduction of voting rights stemming from the decision should necessitate adding Democrat-appointed justices.
“Today’s ruling is another blow to voting rights. We have no time to waste to protect the right to vote. We must abolish the filibuster and pass the For the People Act and John Lewis Voting Rights Act,” he said. “And we must expand the Supreme Court.”
Rep. Mondaire Jones said: “Expand the damn court.”
Now more than ever, conservatives have to make sure that doesn’t happen. President Donald Trump managed to appoint three justices to the high court, and leftist lawmakers realize they not have the chance to appoint even one during Biden’s term. When people can’t get their way, they start rewriting the rules.
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