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Supreme Court's October 2020 Term: A Review of Selected Major Rulings [September 14, 2021]   [open pdf - 2MB]

From the Summary: "The Supreme Court issued the last merits decision of its 2020-2021 Term on July 1, 2021. This term was also Justice Amy Coney Barrett's first term as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. The Court issued 55 merits decisions in all, addressing a wide range of issues in American public law. Many of these decisions have potential implications for federal law or litigation and thus are likely to be of general interest to Congress. Among the Court's major rulings was 'Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee,' where, for the first time, the Supreme Court issued a decision interpreting Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act in the context of state voting rules. While it did not establish a standard to govern all Section 2 challenges, the Court identified five specific circumstances for courts to consider. Going forward, the ruling will guide lower courts in determining if recently enacted state election laws comply with the Voting Rights Act. In another case with potential ramifications for election law, 'Americans for Prosperity Foundation v. Bonta,' the Court held that a California requirement that charities disclose their significant donors to the state violated the First Amendment freedom of association." Other rulings discussed in this document are "Cedar Point Nursery v. Hassid," "TransUnion LLC v. Ramirez," "United States v. Arthrex," and "Collins v. Yellen."

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CRS Report for Congress, R46910
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2021-09-14
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Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/
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