Supreme Court Hears Voting Rights Case

Decision could allow state legislatures more leeway in updating voting laws.

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Tuesday for the cases of Brnovich v. DNC and the Arizona Republican Party v. DNC. Both cases seek to determine if Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, which bars discrimination in voting across the nation, is sufficient in changing a batch of policies in Arizona which the DNC argues is unconstitutional. The laws in question prevent anyone other than family members from collecting absentee ballots and prevent votes from being counted if they are cast in the wrong precinct. 

The decision, in this case, will set a precedent for future cases – which is largely addressed in Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. In 2013, the Court removed a preclearance section of the bill which forced states with a history of discrimination to get approval before changing their voting laws. The Court could effectively pass a narrow reading of Section 2, allowing states to have more leeway in setting the rules for running their voting system. 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • That God would lead the Court to issue the most beneficial decision for the country. 
  • For the Lord to give the Justices wisdom on the future cases that they will hear. 
  • That the result of these cases would allow for more U.S. citizens to participate in the electoral process. 

Sources: NPR, CNN, NY Times


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