Something monumental happened to American election law today. But when it comes to the Supreme Court’s latest decision, people don’t agree on much past that basic statement. Let’s take a look at how each side has arrived at such distinct conclusions about what this decision means for the future of voting in the US.
The Supreme Court ruled 6-3 that Arizona’s new voting laws are constitutional and do not violate the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The laws require voting precincts not to count out-of-precinct votes and prohibit third-party collection of ballots. The laws do not violate the Voting Rights Act because “to the extent that minority and non-minority groups differ with respect to employment, wealth, and education, even neutral regulations, no matter how crafted, may well result in some predictable disparities in rates of voting.”
The conversation that followed this decision almost makes it feel like we’re talking about two different rulings. Each side perceives and transmits the story in a way that emphasizes what they believe is more important, and omits what they feel is irrelevant or untrue.