President Biden condemned the SCOTUS decision to protect Arizona’s election law Thursday and said that “severe damage” was done to Americans’ Voting Rights Act.
In a 6-3 ruling, the Supreme Court decided that states can enact laws aimed at stopping voter fraud. Arizona’s law, criticized by liberals, puts limits on ballot harvesting and out-of-precinct ballots.
“I am very disappointed in today’s ruling by the Supreme Court that undermines the Voting Rights Act, and protects what Justice Kagan said was ,,“a racial disparity with voting opportunities,’” Biden said after the ruling.
“In only eight years, the Supreme Court has done great harm to some of the most vital measures of the 1965 Voting Rights Act – a law that required years of work to pass,” the president said.
Today’s decision by the Supreme Court undercuts voting rights in this country — and makes it all the more crucial to pass the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act to restore and expand voting protections.
Our democracy depends on it.
— President Biden (@POTUS) July 1, 2021
Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Stephen Breyer joined Kagan in dissent. John Roberts, Neil Gorsuch, Amy Coney Barrett, Brett Kavanaugh, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito voted for the law.
Biden said the ruling weakens voting rights and slammed Senate GOP for blocking “a debate … about the For the People Act.” The president said his bill “would have guarded the right to vote from GOP legislators in states around the nation.”
Arizona’s law, signed by GOP Governor Doug Ducey back in May, requires in-person ballots that are cast on Election Day at the wrong precinct to go uncounted, CNN explained. The measure also limits ballot harvesting to be done only by election officials, mail carriers and family.
“Arizona’s law requires voters who cast their ballots in person on election day need to do so inside their own assigned precincts,” according to Alito. “Finding one’s local polling location and then going there does not go beyond the ‘normal burdens of voting.’”
Kagan condemned the ruling and said its protects “two laws from the state of Arizona that discriminate against minorities.”
Author: Scott Dowdy