Republicans in favor of laws that strengthen election security are praising the Supreme Court’s ruling in Brnovich v. DNC, a case centered on Arizona voting rules that outlawed ballot harvesting and called for provisional ballots cast at the wrong precinct to be thrown out.
The official perhaps celebrating the most is, not surprisingly, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, who was named in the case and argued it.
SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS ARIZONA VOTER FRAUD PROTECTIONS
“It’s a great day,” Brnovich told Fox News after the court issued its decision. The attorney general said he “always believed and always said that we have the facts and the law on our side,” but he was not overconfident going into Thursday because he is aware that judges can be difficult to predict.
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.”
The Democratic National Committee, which challenged the laws, claimed that they were discriminatory in practice and even alleged a discriminatory intent behind the ballot harvesting restriction. Civil rights and election law attorney Harmeet K. Dillon, 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
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