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Verrilli Donald Verrilli Jr. of Munger, Tolles & Olson. (Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM)

A frank answer about the politics of voting rights litigation by Jones Day partner Michael Carvin during recent U.S. Supreme Court arguments might backfire as the justices weigh what test to apply to violations of the Voting Rights Act, former Obama administration solicitor general Donald Verrilli said Thursday.

During Tuesday’s arguments, the justices examined whether two Arizona voting practices violated a section of the law that requires the discarding of out-of-precinct ballots and a criminal law prohibiting ballot collection by most third parties.

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Marcia Coyle

Marcia Coyle, based in Washington, covers the U.S. Supreme Court. Contact her at [email protected]. On Twitter: @MarciaCoyle

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