The Supreme Court is set to hear a major case on voting laws Tuesday that could have the effect of limiting voter fraud nationwide, Fox News reported.
The case has liberals anticipating a potential setback in their efforts to expand so-called “voting rights,” as Republicans all over the country work to strengthen election integrity standards.
It’s a familiar story: Democrats typically argue that even the most rudimentary voting restrictions, like requiring people to prove they are who they say they are before casting a ballot with voter ID, are “racist” and disenfranchising.
In this case, the Supreme Court is weighing two seemingly elementary limitations in Arizona: one requires ballots cast in the wrong precinct to be thrown away, and the other makes ballot harvesting illegal.
Arizona laws to be challenged
Arizona argues that the laws provide common sense safeguards, but liberal groups challenging the laws say that they are racist.
Liberals are concerned that the Court will vindicate Arizona and weaken the Voting Rights Act, possibly hampering efforts by the left to relax voting laws across America.
“It would be taking away one of the big tools, in fact, the main tool we have left now, to protect voters against racial discrimination,” said Myrna Perez, director of the Brennan Center for Justice’s voting rights and elections program.
But Arizona’s Republican Attorney General Mark Brnovich says the laws are “about protecting the franchise, not disenfranchising anyone” and that their necessity was illustrated by the 2020 election, which saw an explosion of mail-in ballots that left many with doubts about how the race was conducted.
Battle over voting continues
“I think part of the lesson of 2020 was that when people don’t believe that elections have integrity or that their vote is being protected, it will lead to undermining the public’s confidence in the system,” he said, according to Fox.
After the election debacle, Republicans in states all over America are pushing to prevent such a disaster from occurring again with tougher standards on voting.
Democrats are currently trying to pass H.R. 1, a “voting rights” bill that critics say will spell, effectively, the end of free and fair elections in America.
The Supreme Court could hand down a decision in this case by the summer.
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