In a victory for the state’s GOP and its backers, the justices on Tuesday ruled that Arizona’s controversial voter ID bill violates the Constitution.
The Arizona Republican Party filed a lawsuit against the justices, arguing that the ruling violates the state constitution because it allows voters to obtain ID without showing proof of citizenship.
The justices did not immediately comment on the ruling, but they noted in a separate decision that the law is a violation of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
The decision comes at a time of heightened voter registration, voter turnout, and turnout in early voting states such as Ohio and Texas, which are particularly prone to voter fraud.
Democrats had asked the court to rule that the ID law, which was enacted in 2013, violates Section 5 of the VRA, which provides that “no State shall make or enforce any law which imposes an undue burden on the right of any citizen to vote.”
“The Supreme Court’s ruling today will ensure that voters in Arizona, as well as other states, have access to the ballot box, as they do in other States, without discrimination,” Democratic state Senator Lois Kolkhorst, the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit, said in a statement.
Republicans, meanwhile, argued that the court ruling was not about the constitutionality of the law but instead was an example of the Republican Party’s ability to push for voter suppression.
“We are deeply disappointed by the Supreme.
This ruling will make it harder for Arizona voters to cast a ballot in the upcoming election,” said John Weaver, a spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee.
Republican National Committee spokesman Mark McKinnon argued that Republicans “are still very much in control of the state legislature, and the voters of Arizona have a choice to make.”
This isn’t the first time the Supreme has sided with the GOP.
In 2013, the court struck down a Texas law that required people to show photo identification in order to vote in the state.
In a separate case in 2014, the high court ruled in favor of the same plaintiffs, who challenged a requirement that voters show ID in order get early voting and absentee ballot applications.
Voter ID laws have become increasingly popular in recent years, with at least 16 states passing laws to require voters to show ID to vote.
In Arizona, Republicans have argued that Arizona is not a state, but rather a county, so the law should apply to all voters.
The state’s Democratic legislature enacted the law in 2013 after a surge in voter registration.