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Moore v. Harper: Supreme Court to hear GOP appeal that could limit state courts in elections, redistricting

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to hear an appeal by North Carolina Republicans that could drastically limit the power of the state court over congressional restructuring, as well as congressional and presidential elections.

Judges will consider whether state courts, finding violations of their state constitutions, can order changes to federal elections and redesign congressional districts once a decade.

The case is likely to be discussed in the autumn.

The appeal challenges a state court ruling rejecting congressional districts designed by the North Carolina General Assembly that made GOP candidates potential winners in 10 of the state’s 14 congressional districts.

The Supreme Court has never invoked what is known as the doctrine of an independent legislature, but four of the court’s conservative judges have expressed interest in dealing with the matter.

One of them, Judge Clarence Thomas, was among the three judges who promoted it in the Bush v. Gore who ran in the 2000 presidential election.

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

The issue has been raised repeatedly in cases in North Carolina and Pennsylvania, where Democratic majorities in state supreme courts have invoked vote protection in their state constitutions to overturn Republican legislature plans.

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