SCOTUS rules Arizona election law constitutional

By Jenny Goldsberry

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor 6-3 of Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich Thursday, saying their election law is constitutional. Brnovich called it a big win against the Democratic National Committee.

The suit follows two laws Arizona enacted, one in 2016 and the other in 2020. First, on election day, Arizonans must vote in their own precincts or else their ballots will not count. Second, anyone other than an election official, a mail carrier, or a voter’s family member, household member, or caregiver cannot collect mail-in ballots. Now, there’s nothing the Democratic National Committee can do to reverse those laws.

As a result, it is likely the justices would rule similarly in favor of other state’s election laws. Justice Samuel Alito called efforts to prevent election fraud “entirely legitimate.”

“Ensuring that every vote is cast freely, without intimidation or undue influence, is also a valid and important state interest,” Alito wrote in the majority opinion.

After the ruling, the Arizona attorney general took to Twitter to celebrate. “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.

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