Supreme Court Upholds Arizona Voting Restrictions That Prevent Ballot Harvesting

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Arizona is going to get to keep its laws against “ballot harvesting” and saying that only votes cast within the proper precinct get counted.

In a 6-3 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court concluded that both laws had some effect on the ability of minorities to vote. And that is what is generally prohibited in under the Voting Rights Act.

But Justice Samuel Alito, writing for the majority, said the statistics provided by challengers, by themselves, are not enough to overturn what he said is the state’s interest in election integrity.

“The mere fact that there is some disparity in impact does not necessarily mean that a system is not equally open or that it does not give everyone an equal opportunity to vote,” he wrote. `And small disparities should not be artificially magnified.”

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