US Supreme Court upholds controversial voting restrictions

WASHINGTON – The US Supreme Court on Thursday upheld controversial Arizona laws that restrict how ballots can be cast, a decision that could have lasting impact on the voting rights of minorities.

The ruling raises questions about the potential success of future challenges against such laws, at a time when Republican legislatures in several states are moving to enact restrictions that critics warn are intended to suppress the vote. The decision was 6-3, with the court’s three liberal justices in dissent. The case, Brnovich vs Democratic National Committee (DNC), involves two Republican-backed electoral laws that were seen as a key test of the historic 1965 Voting Rights Act, which sought in part to prevent discrimination against Black voters.

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