Our country was founded on the principle that we all are created equal. Living up to that promise means it is wrong to pass laws, like Arizona’s, that block some eligible Americans from voting and deny them the opportunity to participate equally in our democracy. Congress has taken steps to protect our fundamental right to vote — so must the Supreme Court.
Myrna Pérez serves as senior counsel in the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law.
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.