4 Supreme Court Decisions That Could Threaten Our Civil Liberties This Month

by Marianna Sotomayor, PolicyMic  |  published on June 11, 2013

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After the Supreme Court’s controversial ruling on DNA swabs for non-convicted persons and the recent confirmation that the National Security Agency is collecting Americans’ phone records, it seems as if our Constitution that promises liberty and justice for all, is becoming unfulfilled. The public’s opinion on the country’s course is teetering back and forth since this week’s news stories.

The confidence in the country may be restored, however, with the Supreme Court rulings to be announced throughout the month. Political junkies like myself are anxiously waiting on the results because whether you know it or not, the verdicts have the power to shape our lives by challenging our liberties. Yes, there are other Supreme Court cases coming out this month that are just as controversial as DOMA and the Voting Rights Act — including one that went under the radar a couple months ago.

1. Voter Identification
Arizona v. The Inter Tribal Council of Arizona questions the legality of Proposition 200, a law passed in Arizona that requires voters to bring an identification card to polling booths. Those defending Prop 200 claim that many unauthorized voters are signing registration forms, which the National Voting Registration Act considers perjury. Yet, key election states have only reported a few infractions throughout the years, so small that only 0.001% of 11.4 million Floridian voters have been accused of doing so, for example.

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