The conservative members of the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday implied that they would uphold the Arizona voting law that Democrats claim is in violation of the Voting Rights Act, according to CNN.
The Arizona law concerns a requirement that voters casting their ballot in-person on Election Day do so in their assigned precinct, and that only certain people, such as family or caregivers, can deliver a completed ballot on behalf of another person to their polling place.
A federal appeals court invalidated these provisions due to the state’s "long history of race-based discrimination against its American Indian, Hispanic, and African American citizens," and noting a "pattern of discrimination against minority voters has continued to the present day."
In two hours in arguments held remotely, the conservatives on the court expressed skepticism in regards to the tests brought by a lawyer for the Democratic National Committee. Chief Justice John Roberts said that a bipartisan commission found that laws like these could be needed to prevent voter fraud. Justice Brett Kavanaugh concurred with Roberts, Justice Samuel Alito noted to the attorney that his stance "is going to make every voting rule vulnerable to attack," legally speaking.
"People who are poor and less well educated on ballots probably will find it more difficult to comply with just about every voting rule than do people who are more affluent and have the benefit of more education," he added, asking if it would "not be possible to show with respect to just about every voting rule" that statistical disparities can be found.
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