For Immediate Release: July 1, 2021
Contact: Ryan Hite, Communications Director
SCOTUS Rules 6-3 Against “Disparate-Impact” Argument
Washington, D.C.: The Supreme Court today upheld two key Arizona election laws in a 6-3 ruling. These laws against ballot harvesting and incorrect precinct voting, the High Court says, do not violate the Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965.
“This is a landmark decision for election integrity,” said Phyllis Schlafly Eagles president Ed Martin. “Looser voting rules due to COVID-19 resulted in widespread disorder and fraud in the 2020 elections. As a result, many states are taking steps to protect the votes of their citizens.
“Predictably, the left clutches their pearls and screeches ‘racism’ at any new measure to ensure every legal vote counts. Lawsuits have flooded in against new state voting laws, particularly in Georgia. Democrats say these new laws are ‘racist’ violations of the VRA. This is a completely erroneous argument, and the Supreme Court agrees.”
Justice Samuel Alito, writing for the majority, said “The disparate-impact model employed in Title VII and Fair Housing Act cases is not useful” against these Arizona voting laws.
“Voting in the United States is a great privilege and responsibility,” continued Martin. “States set forth reasonable expectations for citizens to meet in order to maintain the integrity of our electoral process. There is simply no truth that these state laws have a great ‘disparate impact’ on minorities.
Martin concluded, “Today’s ruling from the High Court essentially guts the argument of most lower court lawsuits against states like Georgia. Today’s decision is a victory for our elections, for voters of every race, and for our democratic republic.”