A Brief Guide to Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee

Election Protection

This case provides an opportunity for the Supreme Court to not only bless the challenged restrictions but also to undercut or significantly narrow Section 2 of the VRA. Undermining Section 2 would be another blow to voting rights given the Court’s 2013 decision in Shelby County that essentially nullified Section 5 of the VRA, which required states with a history of Jim Crow laws and poor minority voter participation to “preclear” new voting restrictions through the federal Department of Justice.