President Biden on Thursday denounced a Supreme Court decision upholding GOP-backed voting restrictions in Arizona that critics argue make it more difficult to access the ballot.
Biden decried the ruling as the latest blow the court has dealt to the Voting Rights Act, and he argued the decision raises the stakes for federal action on election reform even as its path forward remains murky.
“I am deeply disappointed in today’s decision by the United States Supreme Court that undercuts the Voting Rights Act, and upholds what Justice Kagan called ‘a significant race-based disparity in voting opportunities,'” Biden said in a statement.
“After all we have been through to deliver the promise of this Nation to all Americans, we should be fully enforcing voting rights laws, not weakening them,” he added. “Yet this decision comes just over a week after Senate Republicans blocked even a debate – even consideration – of the For the People Act that would have protected the right to vote from action by Republican legislators in states across the country.”
The justices, in a 6-3 decision that fell along ideological lines, upheld Arizona’s policy requiring provisional ballots cast in the wrong precinct be discarded and a second measure making it illegal for most third parties to deliver ballots for others, a practice critics refer to as “ballot harvesting.”
Writing for the majority, Justice Samuel Alito said a lower court erred by ruling that those restrictions violated Section 2 the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which bars racially discriminatory voting policies.
The court’s three liberals responded with a blistering 41-page dissent that accused the conservative majority of continuing a trend of undermining federal voting protections.
The court ruling came eight years after its Shelby County v. Holder decision, in which the court eliminated the government’s preclearance authority under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, which had allowed the Department of Justice to screen proposed changes to voting procedures in states with a history of racial discrimination in elections.
But Thursday’s decision coincides with a push among GOP-led state legislatures to enact stricter voting laws in the wake of the 2020 election, which former President Donald Trump has repeatedly cast doubt on with unsubstantiated claims.
Biden has repeatedly spoken about voting rights as a top priority for his administration, cautioning that democracy is under attack from the new state laws. Vice President Harris is leading the administration’s efforts on protecting voting rights, meeting with state and local officials on the issue.
“Our democracy depends on an election system built on integrity and independence,” Biden said in a statement Thursday. “The attack we are seeing today makes clearer than ever that additional laws are needed to safeguard that beating heart of our democracy. We must also shore up our election security to address the threats of election subversion from abroad and at home.”
He vowed his administration would continue to fight for Democratic-backed elections laws in Congress, asserting the Supreme Court’s decision “puts the burden back on Congress to restore the Voting Rights Act to its intended strength.”
25 thoughts on “Biden ‘deeply disappointed’ by Supreme Court Ruling”
You don’t always get what you want!
Thanks its a good beginning.
God’s Word is still the final say in all things. Reference the Bible, Habakkuk 2 verses 1 through 4.
God clearly stated, “Vengeance is Mine, with recompense.
God bless America
Thank God the Supreme Court ruled this way. We ate losing our country.
yes we need voter id to stop fraud
LISTEN UP…AMERICA Needs ELECTION REFORM. STRICTER VOTING LAWS. SEVERE PENALTIES for VOTER FRAUD. VOTING Must Be Better REGULATED. TAMPER PROOF. Fro m SamuraiQueen. 😄😄😄
I am pleased with what the 6 ascenting judges have done bud saddened that it was not unanimous. The 3 liberal judges opposing this decision is proof as to how far into politics our Supreme Court has sunk, and another reason why we should not allow them to increase the size of the SCOTUS.
Biden is a total disappointment!
Biden has ALWAYS been a disappointment, he is probably the most worthless cretin that’s ever been in Congress.
how in the world can a moron be a total disappointment-
he was a zero going in-and a corrupt scum bag –
has his own criminal cartel-
it seems that anyone that voted for this horses patoot
got exactly all they expected –
a lying- cheating -stealing piece of crud-
I’ve heard that it is more difficult to vote in Delaware than it is in Georgia. Besides, In addition there is nothing racially discriminatory about requiring a valid Identification. For decades some churches have been busing congregations to the polls. If they can do this, they can bus people to get an ID Card. Also, if an ID is required to do so many things such as buying cigarettes, alcohol, airline tickets, entry to certain events, including Democrat functions such as, but not limited to DNC Conventions, filing for Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, EBT, WIC, SCHIP, the so-called Affordable Care Act and so-on and so-on.
Bless little old sleepy joe’s pea picking heart ! What I’m disappointed in is their Un-American Socialist Party.
Biden wants all Voting RIGGED in Democrat Favor
Joe you know what you are trying to do isn’t right we Americans need Voter integrity. You know you didn’t win but your senile mind doesn’t allow you to think straight.
Either the President & the rest of the Dems can’t read through the GOP-backed voting restrictions in Arizona & understand the it only restricts CHEATING, not voting or access to voting. Or, they think the rest of us are too stupid to see through all their grandstanding and protesting as if keeping the elections honest & preventing their cheating was a horrible action to restrict democrats from voting at all. It looks to me like the Dems don’t think everyone else knows how to read & understand the true significance of keeping corruption & dishonesty out of voting laws.
The Dems are making themselves look more stupid with every action they take regarding the GOP’s actions toward keeping elections honest & without back doors to sneak in more dishonesty & corruption. Americans are not blind, deaf & dumb. If the Dems don’t watch out & straighten up the rest of the nation will soon rise up & go against the powers to be who are trying to politicize everything everywhere to the advantage of only the Dems. Their shenanigans will eventually rise up & bite them back maybe sooner rather than later. The Dems are exposing their true colors when they try to turn everything around to sound like it means something other than what is actually stated. DEMs: read the content before you scream! You are making yourselves look like what your mascot depicts, and a really big one at that.
Not only have they gone too far but just like they are it’s a hideous f****** joke why have these people been gotten rid of
Biden claims that the “For the People Act” would protect against action by GOP State Legislators.
Article 2, Section 1 of the Federal Constitution puts the authority for election actions WITH the State Legislatures.
What he is calling for, is unconstitutional.
What is wrong with showing an ID. I believe Sleeping Joe is afraid their will be no way for more votes cast than there are voters. This is why he wants HR 1 to get passed. When you observe HR 1. It is only a power grab, for democrats to win all elections. This is the way communism has taken over Russia and China.
Yea he knows he cant get any votes without the cemetary records and people voting from vacant lots and cow pastures so he doesnt like them suppressing the skeletons from voting. I would bet he never won a single state without cheating.
Isn’t it odd that our system worked for all these years, so what is the problem? Leave it alone. Thank you. Bobbie Jones
the law only makes it harder for criminals to vote-
honest people will have no problem –
democrats just want to steal more elections and anything that stops crooks
illegals and dead people from voting is certainly against the democrat credo–by hook or by crook-
Joe Biden: “We must also shore up our election security to address the threats of election subversion from abroad and at home.”
That is exactly what the GOP is trying to do. Stop the cheating by the Demokrats.
Im so sad and mad that Biden is disappointed. I know! Lets pack the SCOTUS Yea Yea that’s the ticket, then Biden can get over his disappointment, and he can be happy again. Thats the first thing i think about when i get up in the morning is if Biden is not disappointed.
Yep. He wanted to sic his pit bulls on the honest system of voting, but the SCOTUS wouldn’t let him take the fence down.
What kind of double talk is Biden talking? He speaks with forked tongue.