The Supreme Court closed out its session yesterday with rulings on two of this term’s most highly anticipated and heavily politicized cases.

In Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee, the justices upheld two Arizona laws that restrict where, when and how people can cast ballots. Narrowly, the decision – made 6-3 down partisan lines – will mostly affect minority voters in Arizona. But it sets a legal precedent with national consequences, write the legal analysts Cornell William Clayton and Michael Ritter: The court’s ruling further erodes the federal Voting Rights Act, making lawsuits alleging racial discrimination in other states’ voting restrictions less likely to succeed.

In another 6-3 ruling yesterday, the Supreme Court tossed out a California law requiring nonprofits to report their major donors to state officials. Law professor Dana Brakman Reiser explains that the decision changes how some states oversee charities.

We also looked at how the justices dealt with religion in several pivotal cases decided earlier in the term.

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  • Catesby Holmes

    International Editor | Politics Editor

    The Supreme Court waited until the final day of its 2020-2021 term, July 1, 2021, to issue two controversial decisions, including one that may dramatically limit voting rights in the US. Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images

    Supreme Court blunts voting rights in Arizona – and potentially nationwide – in controversial ruling

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

    The court upheld two Arizona laws that limit when, where and how people can vote.The ruling further guts the Voting Rights Act at a time when many US states are passing more restrictive voting rules.

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    • Far more adults don’t want children than previously thought

      Jennifer Watling Neal, Michigan State University; Zachary Neal, Michigan State University

      While past studies have placed the proportion of child-free American adults at somewhere between 2% and 9%, a new study found that in Michigan, over 1 in 4 adults don't want kids.


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      William H. Calvin, University of Washington

      From our archive: A medical doctor explains when heat becomes dangerous to a person's health and explains how to check for signs of overheating in other people.


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