The Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that Arizona’s voter protection policy will be upheld — a huge blow to Democrats looking to overhaul our elections.
The ruling came in a 6 to 3 decision along conservative-liberal lines with Justice Samuel Alito authoring the ruling.
The ruling upholds the state’s policy to oppose ballot harvesting. The Arizona state law also throws out ballots cast by voters in precincts in which they do not reside.
“One strong and entirely legitimate state interest is the prevention of fraud. Fraud can affect the outcome of a close election, and fraudulent votes dilute the right of citizens to cast ballots that carry appropriate weight,” Alito wrote.
He added, “Fraud can also undermine public confidence in the fairness of elections and the perceived legitimacy of the announced outcome. Ensuring that every vote is cast freely, without intimidation or undue influence is also a valid and important state interest. ”
The ruling overturns the previous decision that struck down the voting rights statutes as a violation of the Voting Rights Act.
Scotus Blog said, “The court of appeals applied a two-part test, known as the “results test,” to reach that outcome. In the first step, according to the court of appeals, the question is whether the policy or law being challenged disproportionately affects the ability of a racial minority group to ‘participate in the political processes and to elect candidates of their choice.’”
It added, “If it does, then the next question is whether there is a link between the challenged policy or law and social and historical conditions, creating the inequality in opportunities.”
The ruling will certainly add to the controversy surrounding voting rights as the nation moves ahead to the 2022 midterm elections.