SCOTUS to Consider Fundamental Change in Elections Authority
North Carolina wants to give state legislatures complete oversight
Legal battles over partisan and racial gerrymandering "are as North Carolina as barbecue, tobacco fields and hot, humid summer days," said the executive director of the state Common Cause chapter.
But the case that the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) hears Wednesday brings stakes like no other.
The justices will take up what both sides agree could be a fundamental, even radical change in the way federal elections are conducted. It could give state legislatures sole authority to set the rules for the contests, subject only to intervention by Congress, even if the actions of legislators violate voter protections laid out in state constitutions and result in extreme partisan gerrymandering for congressional seats.
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