Maine’s Attorney General and Secretary of State join coalition defending key provision of the Voting Rights Act before Supreme Court
Frey and Bellows Argue That Provision Removes Racial Barriers to Voting Without Infringing State Sovereignty
Augusta, ME (STL.News) Attorney General Aaron M. Frey and Secretary of State Shenna Bellows have joined amicus briefs urging the Supreme Court to uphold a robust test for applying Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act (VRA)-which prohibits policies and practices that deny or abridge citizens’ right to vote based on their race.
Attorney General Frey joined an amicus brief signed by 18 attorneys general, and Secretary Bellows joined an amicus brief signed by nine secretaries of state as well as numerous state and local elections officials. These briefs were filed in Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee and Arizona Republican Party v. Democratic National Committee, two consolidated cases concerning Arizona laws that challengers allege make it harder to vote. The coalition argues that the courts apply a sufficient inquiry into whether state laws actually discriminate against voters of color and that the Supreme Court should maintain this standard instead of narrowing it or striking down critical voting rights legislation.
“Section 2 is essential to the Voting Rights Act and ensuring that the democratic process is available to all citizens, regardless of their color,” said Attorney General Frey.