Supreme Court may take up case related to election disputes

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The Supreme Court may hear a new election case challenging state courts’ power to intervene in election disputes. According to Just the News, the case could settle the constitutional authority state legislatures have over congressional and presidential elections and redistricting.

The court will likely hear an appeal by North Carolina Republicans challenging a state court ruling tossing out the congressional districts created by the General Assembly that would have likely resulted in GOP victories in 10 out of the 14 congressional districts in the state, Associated Press reported.

The North Carolina Supreme Court ruled that the district maps violated state constitutional provisions. The new map being used this year gives Democrats a better chance of winning several more seats, according to Associated Press.

“The U.S. Constitution is crystal clear: state legislatures are responsible for drawing congressional maps, not state court judges, and certainly not with the aid of partisan political operatives,” North Carolina House of Representatives Speaker Tim Moore said amid his appeal of the state Supreme Court’s ruling.

“We are hopeful that the Supreme Court will reaffirm this basic principle and will throw out the illegal map imposed on the people of North Carolina by its highest court,” Moore added. “It is time to settle the elections clause question once and for all.”

The AP also suggested that four conservative justices have expressed interest in taking up the case.

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