According to a new report the Supreme Court seems to be siding with Republicans on a case that deals with two Arizona voting laws.
U.S. Supreme Court justices grappled with a case that could further weaken the landmark Voting Rights Act, suggesting they would back two Arizona ballot restrictions while exploring possible middle grounds on the standard that would apply to future lawsuits.
In a two-hour telephone argument that was alternatively combative and conciliatory, the justices gave renewed scrutiny to a 1965 law the court cut back significantly in 2013. The measure was designed to protect the rights of Black voters at the polling place.
The clash comes as Republican-controlled states consider a barrage of new restrictions that could make it harder for minorities to cast ballots in the 2022 elections. It follows November’s presidential contest in which Donald Trump refused to concede and instead made baseless assertions of widespread fraud.
The court’s conservative justices indicated in Tuesday’s session they would uphold the two Arizona restrictions at issue in the case: a criminal ban on most third-party ballot collection and a separate, longstanding policy of rejecting ballots cast in the wrong precinct. They pointed to the adoption of similar laws in other states and the recommendations of a bipartisan commission that in 2005 backed ballot-collection limits as a way to reduce the risk of fraud.