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In Brnovich, Supreme Court Upholds Discriminatory Arizona Voting Laws, Damages Voting Rights Act

Ruling will make it harder to challenge discriminatory voting laws in court.

July 1, 2021
Contact: Julian Brookes, Media Contact, brookesj@brennan.law.nyu.edu, 646-292-8376

In Brnovich, Supreme Court Upholds Discrim­in­at­ory Arizona Voting Laws, Damages Voting Rights Act

For Imme­di­ate Release

July 1, 2021

Contact:
Julian Brookes, brookes­j@bren­nan.law.nyu.edu, (646) 673–6224

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today in Brnovich v. Demo­cratic National Commit­tee that two racially discrim­in­at­ory Arizona voting laws do not viol­ate the Voting Rights Act and the U.S. Consti­tu­tion, strik­ing down a Ninth Circuit ruling. The ruling relies on a narrow read­ing of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act that will make it more diffi­cult to chal­lenge discrim­in­at­ory voting laws.

Sean Morales-Doyle, Acting Director of the Voting Rights and Elec­tions Program at the Bren­nan Center for Justice at NYU Law, had the follow­ing comment:

“Today the Supreme Court made it much harder to chal­lenge discrim­in­at­ory voting laws in court. The justices stopped short of evis­cer­at­ing the Voting Rights Act, but never­the­less did signi­fic­ant damage to this vital civil rights law and to the free­dom to vote. Congress must act now to strengthen voting rights by passing the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advance­ment Act.”

The court’s ruling is here.

Case back­ground is here.