Supreme Court to hear case over NC maps of federal electoral districts

CHARLOTTE (QUEEN CITY NEWS) — The United States Supreme Court has announced it will hear a case centered on North Carolina’s maps of federal electoral districts.

The case, Moore v. Harper, involved North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore.

“The map we have for this year’s election, 2022, was basically drawn by the trial court with a few special masters, Republicans in the legislature weren’t happy with that,” Dr. Michael Bitzer said. , professor of political science at Catawba College.

So now Moore, along with other Republicans in the state Legislature, want to restore their original redistricting map. It was rejected by the state Supreme Court, as a violation of the state constitution.

Dr. Michael Bitzer explained what kinds of changes we might see if the Republicans win in the high court.

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“Yes, the Republicans are in control here in North Carolina. But Democrats might turn around and say, you know, it’s the law of the land. Now that the United States Supreme Court has spoken, we can do what Republicans are doing in North Carolina in various states. And that will, I think, only further exacerbate the partisan divide that we see in our country,” Bitzer explained.

If North Carolina Republicans win in the Supreme Court case, it would give state legislatures exclusive power to make the rules in federal elections, even if the rules they created violate state constitutions. and lead to gerrymandering.

North Carolina Democratic Congresswoman Deborah Ross is very concerned that the High Court is siding with Republicans.

“The North Carolina General Assembly could go back and redraw all of these lines in a way that suppresses the vote of minorities and people they disagree with, and there would be nothing for it. ‘Stop. Nothing. So, sure, it could affect my election, but it could affect every member of the General Assembly, every member of Congress,” Ross said.

QCN contacted President Moore’s office for an interview, but he was unavailable. The Supreme Court will hear this case during its next session in October.

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