by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
When the Supreme Court concluded its most recent term by upholding two controversial Arizona voting laws, Democrats vowed to override the 6-3 decision that split the court’s conservatives and liberals along ideological lines.
In the case, Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee, the court’s conservatives ruled that the state’s ballot harvesting ban, as well as its requirement that Election Day ballots be cast in a voter’s home precinct, was not intended to be racially discriminatory. The court’s liberals disagreed sharply, claiming the laws had a disparate effect on minority communities and violated federal law.
The decision similarly polarized elected Democrats and Republicans. For instance, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said he was pleased with the win because it set a precedent for ensuring election integrity in future disputes.
“We have to maintain confidence in the process and of the integrity of the results,” Brnovich told the Washington Examiner, commending Justice Samuel Alito for his strong endorsement of the laws in his majority opinion.
Many Democrats took the opposite position. President Joe Biden condemned the decision in a statement, calling it an attack on the “beating heart of our democracy.” Biden also called out the court’s conservatives during a Tuesday speech, in which he also spoke against a raft of Republican-led state election laws drawn up after the 2020 presidential election.
Biden listed the Supreme Court’s decision as one of many attacks on the country, lumping it with 2020 election challenges and the Jan. 6 riot inside the Capitol Building. Biden urged Congress to fight against the court’s decision, saying the case demanded a legislative response. …
… Many Democrats in Congress have already incorporated the results of the case, which addressed Section 2 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, into legislation to push back against stricter state election laws.