The Supreme Court of the United States upheld two provisions of Arizona voting law. One is of restricting the practice of ballot-harvesting and the other of requiring ballots cast at the wrong precinct on election day be discarded.
The majority decision from the highest court is a blow to Democrats’ vigorous hunger to “count every vote” regardless of fraudulent circumstances. Judge Alito wrote in the Court’s majority opinion that there was not enough evidence to prove that either of the provisions caused discrimination.
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Democrats alleged that the Arizona law discriminates against minority voters. However, “The plaintiffs were unable to provide statistical evidence showing that,” wrote Alito. The ballot-harvesting restriction “had a disparate impact on minority voters” the opinion added.
“The modest evidence of racially disparate burdens caused by [the law], in light of the State’s justifications, leads us to the conclusion that the law does not violate” the Voting Rights Act, states the opinion.
Ballot harvesting is when a third party collects ballots from registered voters during an election to attempt to get as many voters’ ballots as possible. Arizona law prohibits ballot harvesting unless the person collecting a ballot is a family member, caregiver, or election official.
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich defended the state’s voting laws in place in the days leading up to the Court ruling. “There is no more sacred duty for a public servant than preserving both the people’s right to vote and their confidence in the election process,” Brnovich said in a released statement.
“Arizona’s ballot box safeguards are shared by many states, were recommended by a bipartisan commission, and are constitutional because they equally protect us all” added Brnovich.