“A damaging blow to voting rights.” “Restrictive Arizona voting laws.” “The Supreme Court Kills the Voting Rights Act.”
These and other headlines are dominating mainstream liberal coverage of the Supreme Court’s most recent ruling. The Daily Wire reports on the decision by the nation’s highest court to uphold Republican backed measures that place restrictions on third party collection of early ballots and on locations where absentee ballots may be cast.
Today’s ruling comes after a lower court deemed Arizona’s voting restrictions as disproportionately burdensome to minority voters and thus in violation of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
While Republicans are seeking to eliminate opportunities for voting fraud and ensure fair elections, their Democrat counterparts have once again turned yet another otherwise straightforward matter into a race issue.
According to Reuter’s coverage of the ruling, the 2016 Arizona law under review prevents people from turning in ballots on behalf of others, except in the case of care givers and family members.
It additionally ensures that in-person votes are cast in the precincts to which voters are assigned. Justice Samuel Alito remarked that, “One strong and entirely legitimate state interest is the prevention of fraud. Fraud can affect the outcome of a close election” and subsequently undermine voter confidence.
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich further regarded the decision as a “win for election integrity safeguards in Arizona and across the country.”
Notably, the disproportionate impact on voters does NOT represent racial discrimination, as the restrictions do not block or bar access to voting for ANY one person. As stated in the majority opinion, “Mere inconvenience cannot be enough to demonstrate a Constitutional violation.”
Ideological divisions were unsurprisingly represented in the 6-3 ruling, with the court’s conservative majority deeming Arizona’s laws constitutional and the three liberal justices in dissent.
This ruling does not bode well for the Biden administration’s attempt to sideline voting restriction laws elsewhere in the nation, as the Department of Justice last week filed suit against the State of Georgia. The DOJ suggests that Georgia’s requirement for voters to be in line prior to 7pm closure of polls and restriction on electioneering at polling places constitutes racial discrimination.
While the Left seeks to cloud a clear issue with discussions of race, today’s Supreme Court ruling proves an important step in restoring integrity to the voting process and confidence in election outcomes.