Supreme Court season is nearly over, meaning its most controversial rulings are coming any day now. One highly anticipated and potentially far-reaching case is Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee, a challenge to two Arizona laws that limit where and how residents can vote.

Arizona Republicans said the restrictions were meant to ensure “election integrity.” But a state appeals court last year disagreed, finding the rules targeted minority voters and poor people.

Political scientists Cornell William Clayton and Michael Ritter explain why the justices’ ruling will matter well beyond Arizona: It may decide the fate of 47 states’ restrictive new voting laws.

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The Maricopa County Election Department counts ballots in Phoenix on Nov. 5, 2020. Arizona’s election laws are the subject of a pending Supreme Court decision. Olivier Touron/AFP via Getty Images

Supreme Court weighs voting rights in a pivotal Arizona case

Cornell William Clayton, Washington State University; Michael Ritter, Washington State University

In Brnovich v. DNC, the court will decide whether two Arizona rules unfairly hurt poor, minority and rural voters. The ruling could determine the fate of many states' restrictive new voting laws.

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