The U.S. Supreme Court ruled provisions of Arizona law rejecting ballots cast in the wrong precinct and restricting who can collect mail ballots do not violate Section 2 of the federal Voting Rights Act (VRA). The 6-3 decision (PDF) affirms lower court rulings and overturns an en banc appellate ruling from the Ninth Circuit. It also appears to move the goalposts for demonstrating that a voting rule “results in a denial or abridgment” of any citizen’s right to vote regardless of their race.

“We now hold that the en banc court misunderstood and misapplied” Section 2 and “exceeded its authority in rejecting” the lower court’s decision, wrote Justice Samuel Alito for the majority.

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