(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/1/2021) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today said a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold two Arizona election laws that make it harder for voters to cast their ballots was a “blow to democracy,” but that voters will be even more motivated to cast their ballots.
In a 6-3 vote, the court upheld two provisions of the Arizona law, one saying that in-person ballots cast at the wrong precinct on election day must be discarded and another restricting a practice known as “ballot collection.”
SEE: Supreme Court upholds restrictive Arizona voting laws in test of Voting Rights Act
In a statement, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:
“Today’s troubling decision by the Supreme Court is yet another legal blow to the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and to the civil rights of all Americans. The right of citizens to vote must be strengthened and expanded, not weakened and restricted. We are also hopeful that setbacks like this will only embolden voters to fight even harder to ensure they can cast their ballots.”
CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
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