The U.S. Supreme Court has gutted what’s left of the Voting Rights Act by upholding two racially discriminatory voter laws in Arizona. Thursday’s 6-3 ruling by the court’s conservative majority will make it harder to challenge new voter suppression laws being pushed by Republican state lawmakers across the country. In her dissent, Elena Kagan wrote, “What is tragic here is that the Court has yet again rewritten — in order to weaken — a statute that stands as a monument to America’s greatness, and protects against its basest impulses. What is tragic is that the court has damaged a statute designed to bring about ‘the end of discrimination in voting.’”

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