Election integrity finally found its way to the Supreme Court.
For Donald Trump and his supporters, it is not a moment too soon.
And now the Supreme Court is about to hand Trump this big win on voter fraud.
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee, which centered on Democrats suing the state of Arizona claiming that laws banning ballot harvesting and threw out ballots cast in the wrong precinct violated the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
Republican lawyer Michael Carvin argued that the Arizona laws did not prevent anyone from being able to cast a legal ballot.
“Arizona has not denied anyone any voting opportunity of any kind. It’s not like a literacy test that denies you the right to vote,” Carvin argued. “Everyone here is eligible and registered to vote. All they have to do is utilize the myriad opportunities that Arizona has offered them.”
And while the justices appeared to agree there should be some standard by which courts could review voting law changes, they did not appear sympathetic to the Democrats’ arguments that these laws specifically targeted minority voters.
“But there was some dispute about what counted as substantial and what justifications states could offer for their restrictions. The court’s more conservative members seemed inclined to require significant disparities unconnected to socioeconomic conditions and to accept the need to combat even potential election fraud as a sufficient reason to impose restrictions on voting,” The New York Times reported.
Justice John Roberts even cited a bipartisan 2005 report that detailed the risks involved with mail-in voting as a sound reason to have safe guards in place.
Based on oral arguments, the court appears ready to uphold the Arizona laws and not grant the Democrats the sweeping authority to challenge election procedure changes, while still leaving some standard in place for groups to argue in court about election integrity.
While this is not the sweeping victory Donald Trump and his supporters would like to see heading into the 2022 and 2024 elections, it will likely leave measures in place that allow states to restrict risky practices such as ballot harvesting.
Renewed Right will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.