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Washington DC, The US Supreme Court ruled in favor of Arizona’s voting rights case, deciding neither of provisions of the state’s voting law violates the section of the federal Voting Rights Act that deals with race.
Voting 6-3, the court said Arizona didn’t violate the landmark 1965 law with its criminal ban on what is known as “ballot harvesting” and its practice of rejecting ballots cast in the wrong precinct. The ruling came on the final decision day of the court’s nine-month term.
Justice Samuel Alito, writing for the court’s six conservatives, said Section 2 requires equal openness to voting, not equal outcomes.
“It appears that the core of [Section 2] is the requirement that voting be ‘equally open.’ The statute’s reference to equal ‘opportunity’ may stretch that concept to some degree to include consideration of a person’s ability to use the means that are equally open. But equal openness remains the touchstone,” Alito wrote.
“Mere inconvenience cannot be enough to demonstrate a violation of [Section 2],” he added. This ruling pretty much shot down dead people voting , non citizens voting , non resident voting and people voting more than once .