The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) is the nation’s only public interest law firm dedicated wholly to election integrity. The Foundation exists to assist states and others in aiding the cause of election integrity and fighting against lawlessness in American elections. Drawing on numerous experts in the field, PILF seeks to protect the right to vote and preserve the Constitutional framework of American elections. PILF has brought lawsuits and won victories in Texas, Mississippi, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and across the United States.
Below are comments from PILF President J. Christian Adams regarding the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on a case interpreting the Voting Rights Act, DNC v. Brnovich. In a 6-3 decision, the Court ruled Arizona’s ballot harvesting and out-of-precinct vote policy do not violate Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. This landmark ruling has made it clear that Section 2 violations require a causality analysis.
“Today’s decision is a clear victory for election integrity,” said PILF President J. Christian Adams. “The Court’s ruling that disparate impact analysis cannot be used for a Section 2 violation is significant in allowing states to run their own elections and pass election integrity reforms without interference from federal courts.
This decision will ensure that there must be a causal connection between a state election practice and actual denial of a vote on account of race versus a disparate impact. In December of 2020, the Public Interest Legal Foundation filed a brief on behalf of itself and former Department of Justice Civil Rights Division officials, arguing that this casual connection was necessary for the intrusion into state’s powers. We are extremely happy to see that the Court has adopted our framing of Section 2. The Court obliterated the idea that there must be demonstrable voter fraud to enact a law to deter and prevent it. This is a big blow to the vote fraud deniers who have turned to the courts to make our elections less secure.”
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