The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday upheld two controversial Arizona election laws in a decision that is likely to make it harder for civil rights advocates to challenge new voting rules here and across the country that they contend will disproportionately affect people of color. But Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, who defended the two laws at issue in the case, welcomed the ruling as keeping in place measures that are reasonable means of preventing fraud and tampering and that are similar to laws in many other states. The 6-3 decision comes amid a renewed debate over election laws around the U.S. and the Arizona case drew national attention as potentially one of the Supreme Court’s most consequential decisions on voting rights since it struck down Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act eight years ago. Andrew Oxford, The Arizona Republic.
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