Supreme Court Hearing Election Case That Will Impact 2024 In Big Way
Regardless of the outcome of the lawsuit, the 2024 election will be significantly impacted by the decision made by the U.S. Supreme Court over a North Carolina election case.
The “independent state legislature theory” is a constitutional principle at the center of the dispute. Supporters contend that state legislatures have a significant amount of power to oversee the conduct of federal elections in their individual jurisdictions with little interference from state courts or governors.
The case of Moore v. Harper, which particularly addresses the argument, is currently up for discussion before the top court. There are worries, meanwhile, that the court may not resolve the issue completely in time for the forthcoming 2024 elections.
According to The Washington Examiner:
In Moore v. Harper, a disagreement arises over the North Carolina Supreme Court’s decision to reject a Republican-backed apportionment plan as being overly partisan.
Republicans challenged the state Supreme Court, but conservatives ultimately prevailed and took back power. The redistricting case was subsequently chosen to be heard again by the court, which is currently 5-2 Republican. The Moore v. Harper case, which is currently before the Supreme Court, was supported by the court’s earlier decision, which was overturned late last month.
The Examiner added, “Should the high court refrain from taking a position on the matter, state legislatures may feel empowered to have free rein with gerrymandering, election integrity laws, and more, probably drawing significant legal challenges.”
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Common Cause, a left-leaning organization that monitors elections, asserted that the Independent State Legislature theory “calls into question hundreds of state constitutional provisions” and that “the dispute over that theory must be resolved in time to prepare maps, ballots, and election rules well in advance of the 2024 elections.”
The Independent State Legislature idea, according to Common Cause, “implicates fundamental questions of self-governance and our constitutional structure” and “has contributed to growing public doubt about the lawfulness and integrity of federal elections.”
The independent legislature hypothesis, according to its proponents, is founded on a literal reading of the Constitution’s election provision, which states that “The Times, Places, and Manner of holding Elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature thereof.”
Following the 2020 election, when several state courts and governors approved adjustments to voting procedures because of the COVID pandemic, a majority of conservative academics and organizations have stated that the case’s conclusion is crucial.
In an earlier interview with the Examiner, Jason Snead of the Honest Elections Project warned that if the theory were to be rejected, it may “leave the door wide open to the Left’s anti-democracy campaign, which has saturated the courts with politicized lawsuits and introduced chaos to our elections.”
The independent legislature theory, according to its proponents, is predicated on a strict reading of the Constitution’s election provision, which states that “The Times, Places, and Manner of holding Elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature thereof.”
In the wake of the 2020 election, when several state courts and governors approved adjustments to voting processes because of the COVID pandemic, a majority of conservative academics and organizations have declared that the case’s conclusion is critically essential.
According to Jason Snead of the Honest Elections Project, a decision rejecting the theory might “leave the door wide open to the Left’s anti-democracy campaign, which has saturated the courts with politicized lawsuits and introduced chaos to our elections.”
Separately, the North Carolina Supreme Court handed a controversial decision last month allowing the state’s Republicans to redraw congressional districts in a way that will overwhelmingly benefit the GOP.
Following a decision in their favor by the North Carolina state Supreme Court, Politico projected that Republicans might potentially gain four more seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.
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“The current map, which was put in place after the state Supreme Court invalidated a map approved by the legislature, might result in the Republicans gaining up to four House seats in 2024. Following elections in the fall of last year, the state Supreme Court now has a conservative majority, and the court just decided to review its previous ruling, according to a previous article in the Washington Examiner.
The 14 House seats in North Carolina are currently split evenly between Republicans and Democrats, but the previously implemented plan, which was overturned by the court, would have given the GOP up to 11 seats. One analyst told Reuters that rather than creating a brand-new map, the previous one would likely be resurrected. The Cook Political Report’s early forecasts for the 2024 House contests give the GOP an advantage, with the expected implementation of new Republican-friendly maps in North Carolina and Ohio contributing to the early projection. Despite losing in most crucial elections, Republicans presently maintain a slim 221-212 majority in the House of Representatives after regaining control of the House in 2022.