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The Broader Implications For Election Law As Supreme Court Considers Case That Could Impact The Voting Rights Act

A man walks up the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court on January 31, 2017 in Washington, DC.
A man walks up the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court on January 31, 2017 in Washington, DC.
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Eight years after carving the heart out of a landmark voting rights law, the Supreme Court is looking at putting new limits on efforts to combat racial discrimination in voting.

The justices are taking up a case about Arizona restrictions on ballot collection and another policy that penalizes voters who cast ballots in the wrong precinct. The high court’s consideration comes as Republican officials in the state and around the country have proposed more than 150 measures, following last year’s elections, to restrict voting access that civil rights groups say would disproportionately affect Black and Hispanic voters. A broad Supreme Court ruling would make it harder to fight those efforts in court. Today on AirTalk, we discuss the Supreme Court hearing and the various election law efforts at play across the country. Do you have thoughts or questions? Join the conversation by calling 866-893-5722. 

With files from the Associated Press 

With guest host Libby Denkmann 


Kimberly Robinson, U.S. Supreme Court reporter for Bloomberg Law and co-host of Bloomberg Law’s podcast “Cases and Controversies”; she tweets @KimberlyRobinsn

Justin Levitt, professor of law at Loyola Law School; he is a former deputy assistant attorney general in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where his focus included voting rights; he tweets @_justinlevitt_