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President Biden is sharply criticizing the Supreme Court’s ruling that upheld voting restrictions in Arizona, blasting the decision as “harmful.”
Biden on Thursday said he was “deeply disappointed” by a ruling from the Supreme Court that upheld two restrictive Arizona voting legal guidelines, discovering they did not violate the Voting Rights Act.
“In a span of just eight years, the court has now done severe damage to two of the most important provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 – a law that took years of struggle and strife to secure,” Biden mentioned in an announcement.
Biden criticized what he described as a “broad assault against voting rights” going down in the United States, arguing that “additional laws are needed to safeguard that beating heart of our democracy,” including, “The court’s decision, harmful as it is, does not limit Congress’ ability to repair the damage done today: it puts the burden back on Congress to restore the Voting Rights Act to its intended strength
The Arizona laws the Supreme Court upheld required that ballots be tossed if they’re cast in the wrong precincts and said that only voters, family members, or their caregivers may collect or deliver ballots, NBC News experiences. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, writing the majority opinion, said that “mere inconvenience can’t be sufficient to reveal a violation” of the legislation. Meanwhile, in the dissent, Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan wrote that it was “tragic” that the court has “broken a statute designed to result in ‘the finish of discrimination in voting.'”