The United States Supreme Court's decision in Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee to uphold Arizona's common-sense voter integrity laws is perhaps the most significant win for federalism and election integrity in recent history, especially at a critical time when Democrats are doing all they can to undermine the security of elections.
BREAKING: The Supreme Court issues its opinion in Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee. https://t.co/lwki9GofGX— RNLA ⚖️ (@TheRepLawyer) July 1, 2021
Lawyers Democracy Fund posted highlights from the Court's momentous ruling, written by Justice Alito.
The Court's ruling not only leaves Arizona's laws intact, but it also protects the efforts of states across the country that are trying to implement meaningful election safeguards to make it easier to vote and harder to cheat.
Another excellent thread about the significance of the Arizona election law decision today from SCOTUS. This reasoning makes crystal clear that absent very few circumstances not present here, states make election laws and the DOJ/courts have little to say about it. https://t.co/uDHjcS4UJ1— Harmeet K. Dhillon (@pnjaban) July 1, 2021
1. On Brnovich voting rights: This was a straightforward case that should’ve garnered no dissent: ballot-harvesting restrictions & reqs to vote in-precinct are commonplace, certainly among the “usual burdens of voting,” as our legal understandings have long reflected. #CatoSCOTUS— Ilya Shapiro (@ishapiro) July 1, 2021
RNLA Co-Chair Harmeet Dhillon told Fox News how important the Court's decision is for states to be able to pass future election integrity safeguards:
Civil rights and election law attorney Harmeet K. Dhillon, who serves as the co-chair of the Republican National Lawyers Association, explained that the anti-ballot harvesting law is meant "to make sure it’s the person themselves returning their ballots" and that other people are not filling them out.
Likewise, she said the prohibition against counting provisional ballots cast in the wrong precinct "similarly is a fraud protection" because voters are registered at a particular address and this keeps them from being able to vote in multiple locations.
"Both of these measures being upheld by the Supreme Court protect the integrity of elections in Arizona, and frankly it will enable other states to go forward with similar types of measures with the comfort that the United States Supreme Court has blessed these," Dillon told Fox News.
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, who argued the case before the Supreme Court, lauded the Court's decision to uphold Arizona's prohibition on ballot trafficking, also known as ballot harvesting, and Arizona's out-of-precinct voting policy:
The court’s decision upheld the state’s ability to enforce the laws meant to keep the election process secure. Brnovich stressed the importance of using measures to reduce fraud.
"Free and fair elections are the cornerstone of our republic and that starts with rational laws that protect not only the right to vote but the accuracy of the results," he said. "Every American deserves to feel confident that their vote is counted and counted accurately."
"It’s a great day," Brnovich told Fox News after the court issued its decision.
JUST IN: #SCOTUS rules in favor of Arizona's election integrity protections in 𝑩𝒓𝒏𝒐𝒗𝒊𝒄𝒉 𝒗 𝑫𝑵𝑪. I am thankful the justices upheld states' ability to pass and maintain commonsense election laws, at a time when our country needs it most.— Mark Brnovich (@GeneralBrnovich) July 1, 2021
More: https://t.co/9DWbcMJ0Ci pic.twitter.com/qDbFXlY1iv
Election integrity advocates across the country praised the Court's ruling:
Today's United States Supreme Court ruling is a resounding victory for election integrity and the rule of law. Democrats were attempting to make Arizona ballots less secure for political gain, and the Court saw right through their partisan lies. (1/2)— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) July 1, 2021
Today’s Supreme Court decision represents a big win for ballot integrity and a huge blow for ballot harvesting. We were proud to stand by Arizona efforts at #SCOTUS to uphold state election integrity provisions.— Patrick Morrisey (@MorriseyWV) July 1, 2021
Many conservatives have since highlighted how the Supreme Court's Ruling undermines the DOJ's already baseless lawsuit challenging Georgia's new voting laws:
We just got Brnovich. 6-3 opinion with Alito writing. The opinion is a big win for the states on election laws and undermines the new lawsuit from the Biden Administration against Georgia. https://t.co/OPUNWDgP1g— Jonathan Turley (@JonathanTurley) July 1, 2021
As I predicted, #SCOTUS gets it right on voter integrity in Brnovich ruling. BIG win for voter integrity.— Ken Cuccinelli (@KenCuccinelli) July 1, 2021
It also blows 2 more big holes in DOJ's case against Georgia... woops. Maybe they should've waited a few days? Oh wait, I almost forgot, that wasn't filed for legal reasons
This decision is a major win for election integrity and lays a clear path for states to continue to implement election safeguards that further promote honest, open, and fair elections. Join the RNLA's webinar on Friday at 2:00 p.m. ET as Supreme Court experts recap this important term.