On Thursday, the Supreme Court upheld Arizona's voting laws — challenged by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) — that target ballot harvesting and out-of-precinct voting, causing a liberal uproar on social media.
In the ruling, the high court voted 6-3, siding with Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich that Arizona's voting laws are not discriminatory or in violation of the Voting Rights Act (VRA). The Court upheld that votes cast in the wrong precinct would be thrown away and backed a full-fledged ban on ballot harvesting. Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Alito, Kavanaugh, Gorsuch, Thomas, and Barrett held the majority.
"Voters who choose to vote in person on election day in a county that uses the precinct system must vote in their assigned precincts," Justice Alito wrote for the majority opinion. "Having to identify one’s own polling place and then travel there to vote does not exceed the ‘usual burdens of voting.’”
Liberal media moguls pounced on the news, claiming that the Court's ruling perpetuates discrimination and gives Republicans more leverage to claim the 2020 election was stolen.
“One of the things that’s left open is the possibility of voting rights laws that are enacted with a discriminatory purpose in mind,” said MSNBC guest Melissa Murray on air today. “Much more of this kind of work is going to be sub rosa, much more subtle than it was in the Jim Crow era. I think this really is a gutting of this landmark civil rights legislation.”
MSNBC guest says that the "discriminatory purpose" of Arizona voting laws are "going to be sub rosa, much more subtle than it was in the Jim Crow era. I think this really is a gutting of this landmark civil rights legislation." pic.twitter.com/p0qhwusbzl— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) July 1, 2021
Murray wasn’t the only mainstream media guest to push the narrative that the Supreme Court is upholding voting laws in a scheme to prevent minorities from voting. ABC News Live reporter Devin Dwyer spoke on the subject, where he also corroborated the belief that voting rules, or “restrictions,” as the liberal media has dubbed it, are rooted in discrimination.
“With all these laws proliferating, making it harder for people to get absentee ballots, to wait in line at polling places, to drop off their ballots in future elections, Democrats and civil rights advocates see discrimination,” Dwyer said in the segment. “It’s going to be harder now for Democrats and civil rights advocates to challenge these state voting laws in court. The court system has been sort of the last line of defense against this wave of voting laws past just in the past few months in the wake of the 2020 election, in the wake of the lies pushed by President Trump and Republicans that there was widespread voter fraud, that this was somehow a botched election.”
On Twitter, numerous liberal lawmakers, reporters, and the like expressed their disappointment in the ruling, continuously noting how discriminatory it is to protect election integrity by disallowing ballot harvesting and out-of-precinct voting.
Today’s supreme court ruling is more than disappointing, it will disenfranchise Arizona voters and validate the baseless "voter fraud" mythology. Access to fundamental rights like voting should always be expanded, not restricted.— Adrian Fontes (@Adrian_Fontes) July 1, 2021
Make no mistake: 6 conservative Supreme Court justices just decided to make it even harder to protect Black & Brown Americans’ right to vote.— Senator Alex Padilla (@SenAlexPadilla) July 1, 2021
Tragically, this decision will only embolden voter suppression efforts across the country. It’s time for Congress to step up. pic.twitter.com/IDl8I6PnlZ
Any word from the Arizona Senators on what they think about the Supreme Court upholding voter suppression laws in their state? Any renewed commitment from them to protect the rights of their voters?— Ezra Levin (@ezralevin) July 1, 2021
As the Supreme Court's assault on the Voting Rights Act continues, Congress can, and must, fight back.— Rep. Mondaire Jones (@RepMondaire) July 1, 2021
My new bill with @RepRubenGallego will undo the latest attack on the VRA by outlawing discriminatory voter suppression laws like the ones the Court just upheld in Brnovich. https://t.co/tcudF9O4Zt
Lots of bad news today. None worse (so far) than the Supreme Court upholding voting suppression which will lead to more. Goes together with their terrible 2013 decision to cut the Voting Rights Act of ‘65. I’ve said it before. We need to stack the Court! Now! 6 new members. Now!— Stevie Van Zandt (@StevieVanZandt) July 1, 2021
On the other side of the aisle, plenty of Republican lawmakers expressed support of the Supreme Court’s ruling.
I applaud the #SCOTUS decision today in the #Brnovich case. I argued for this result in my amicus brief supporting Arizona’s common sense voting laws. We need to protect the precious right to vote, and Justice Alito defends this truth in his decision today.— Governor Kristi Noem (@govkristinoem) July 1, 2021
“Supreme Court Upholds Arizona Voting Rights.”— Nancy Mace (@NancyMace) July 1, 2021
There. I fixed it for you. pic.twitter.com/kfjbyi69x7
The Supreme Court issued 2 critical rulings today: Arizona ballot harvesting limits were upheld and the California nonprofit donor harassment law was struck down. It’s a GREAT day!— Senator Melissa Melendez (@senatormelendez) July 1, 2021
I am proud that the Supreme Court voted to uphold AZ voting laws & reject the ludicrous claims that these laws are racist.— Congressman Byron Donalds (@RepDonaldsPress) July 1, 2021
The rule of law & our electoral process should be guided by law, not identity politics. https://t.co/V8mJHYqwmO
“I am thankful the justices upheld states' ability to pass and maintain commonsense election laws, at a time when our country needs it most,” Brnovich wrote on Twitter.
JUST IN: #SCOTUS rules in favor of Arizona's election integrity protections in ???????????????? ?? ??????. 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
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