Anthony Kennedy

Court disputes over voting laws often divide justices along party lines

Court disputes over voting laws often divide justices along party lines

It’s no secret that partisan state legislators, once in power, frequently try to alter voting laws to give their party an advantage. 

But increasingly, when those laws are challenged in federal court, the outcome appears to turn on whether the judges or justices hearing the case were appointed by Republicans or Democrats.

Last month, North Carolina’s Republican leaders were blocked from enforcing several new restrictions on voting that had been adopted over the fierce opposition of Democrats. They included less time for early voting and a requirement that a registered voter show one of several specific types of photo ID cards.

A federal...

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