Arizona political leaders react to Supreme Court ruling on voting laws
PHOENIX – Reaction rolled in from Arizona political leaders Thursday after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld two state voting laws that a lower court had deemed discriminatory.
By a 6-3 vote, the nation’s highest court decided that state laws that restrict ballot harvesting and require ballots cast in the wrong precinct to be thrown out can remain in place.
The decision overruled a federal appeals court that said the measures disproportionately affected Black, Hispanic and Native American voters in violation of the Voting Rights Act.
Arizona Republican leaders applauded the ruling as a victory for election integrity and states’ rights, while Democrats saw it as an affront to voting rights.
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in 2022, defended the case before the Supreme Court earlier this year.
“Today is a win for election integrity safeguards in Arizona and across the country,” Brnovich said in a statement Thursday.
“Fair elections are the cornerstone of our republic, and they start with rational laws that protect both the right to vote and the accuracy of the results.”
JUST IN: #SCOTUS rules in favor of Arizona's election integrity protections in 𝑩𝒓𝒏𝒐𝒗𝒊𝒄𝒉 𝒗 𝑫𝑵𝑪. I am thankful the justices upheld states' ability to pass and maintain commonsense election laws, at a time when our country needs it most.
— Mark Brnovich (@GeneralBrnovich) July 1, 2021
Republican Gov. Doug Ducey called the ruling, “A big victory for Arizona voters, the rule of law and the integrity of our elections,” in a tweet.
State Democrats, however, are saying the ruling is a reason new federal voting laws are needed.
Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, the state’s top elections official and a Democratic candidate for governor, said in a statement that “Congress must act to protect voting rights.”
“The Voting Rights Act was passed to protect the right to vote and to fight against racial discrimination,” she added. “The Supreme Court weakened one of our country’s landmark civil rights laws.”
Our country was built on the promise that our democracy would be reflective of our communities. Every eligible American should be able to cast a vote, and have it counted. My response to the Supreme Court’s ruling in Brnovich v DNC. ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/vsC1KVO1mN
— Secretary Katie Hobbs (@SecretaryHobbs) July 1, 2021
Democratic U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego tweeted that the Arizona laws suppress minority voters and echoed Hobbs’ call for congressional action.
This ruling upholds two Arizona voter suppression laws aimed at Latino, Black and Native American voters AND it aims to destroy what’s left of the Voting Rights Act. Our democracy is in crisis. Congress must act to protect ALL Americans’ voting rights. https://t.co/sTwYPpx2dd
— Ruben Gallego (@RepRubenGallego) July 1, 2021