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Arizona Voting Restrictions Are Upheld


By a 6-3 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court upholds voting restrictions in Arizona. The case, Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee, addressed two kinds of voting limits: One required election officials to discard ballots cast at the wrong precinct; the other made it a crime for campaign workers, community activists and most other people to collect ballots for delivery to polling places. The law made exceptions for family members, caregivers and election officials. The larger message of the ruling was that the Voting Rights Act of 1965, hobbled after the Supreme Court in 2013 effectively struck down its central provision, retains only limited power to combat voting restrictions said to disproportionately affect minority voters’ access to the polls.