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NC Elections Cases at SCOTUS

NC Elections Cases at SCOTUSSeptember 3, 2022 By NC Family StaffThe Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) has agreed to take up important North Carolina cases that could have far-reaching implications, not just in North Carolina but across the country. Dr. Andy Jackson is the Director of the Civitas Center for Public Integrity at the John Locke Foundation, where he specializes in election policy. He joins us on this week's Family Policy Matters radio show and podcast to walk us through the cases and their possible impact on North Carolina, its constituents, and the rest of the country.The first case, Dr. Jackson explains, "is on the question of whether or not the state legislature can intervene in the [voter ID] case as defendants." SCOTUS ruled 8-2 that the legislature could intervene, which opened the door for the case to proceed with "lawyers hired by the state legislature to defend the case" in what is likely to be several months of litigation. The second case the Court agreed to hear is Moore v. Harper, which, as Dr. Jackson explains, addresses "the constitutional question about whether or not the state legislature has the full authority under the Constitution to draw districts, or is that shared with the court system." Dr. Jackson goes on to say that this ruling has the potential to affect every state in the Union "depending on how broadly the Supreme Court applies the case. […] Are they going to narrowly define that to just redistricting or are they going to broadly apply that to all election laws?" Dr. Jackson underscores the importance of the Judicial Branch in each state, as a co-equal branch of government, and how North Carolina’s judicial races this year "will determine which party is in control of that entire branch." Looking to the future, his expectation is that "we are going to have some final decisions on political gerrymandering claims and voter ID before 2024." Tune in to Family Policy Matters this week to hear Dr. Andy Jackson walk us through these important North Carolina cases. There are several ways you can listen, or read the transcript!
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