Washington, DC—The Honest Elections Project released the following statement today after the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its opinion in Brnovich v. DNC, upholding two commonplace election laws in Arizona. The first bans ballot trafficking, the unsupervised collection of voters’ ballots by political operatives recruited to help win elections, and the second requires that voters cast in-person ballots at assigned precincts. At least 24 states have regulated or eliminated ballot trafficking, and a majority require in-precinct voting.
Jason Snead, executive director of the Honest Elections Project:
“Today’s ruling is a victory for secure and accessible elections everywhere. It puts an end to the Democratic National Committee’s five-year assault on Arizona’s commonsense election laws. Once again, the Supreme Court recognized the crucial need to protect the credibility and integrity of our election system. In doing so, the Court ruled in favor of laws so routine and commonplace that even the Biden Justice Department told the Court they did not violate federal law.
“Critics who attack this ruling are defending a campaign tactic that has been abused to disenfranchise voters. Vote trafficking puts one person’s right to vote in another’s hands. A bipartisan commission led by President Jimmy Carter recommended that states abolish it, and only 11% of voters think it should be legal. Arizona should not have had to fight all the way to the Supreme Court to defend such a sensible policy.”