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Moore v. Harper: Supreme Court to hear GOP complaint that could restrict state courts in elections and designate new districts

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to hear an appeal by North Carolina Republicans that could drastically limit the state courts’ authority over congressional redistribution, congressional elections and presidential elections.

The judges will consider whether state courts that find violations of their state constitutions can order federal election changes and redrawing of congressional districts every ten years.

The case is expected to be heard in the fall.

The appeal challenges a state court ruling that ruled out the congressional districts drawn by the North Carolina General Assembly, which have made GOP candidates in 10 of the state’s 14 congressional districts likely winners.

The Supreme Court has never invoked the doctrine of independent state legislatures, but four of the court’s conservative justices have expressed an interest in dealing with the issue.

One of them, Judge Clarence Thomas, was among three judges who made the case in Bush v. Gore, which settled the 2000 presidential election.

It only takes four of the nine judges to agree to hear a case. A majority of five is required for a final decision.

The problem has cropped up repeatedly in cases in North Carolina and Pennsylvania, where Democratic majorities in the state supreme courts have invoked electoral protections in their state constitutions to thwart the plans of Republican-dominated lawmakers.

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