Us supreme court is hearing arguments in a case which could drastically increase the power of state lawmakers over election laws, pitting voting rights activists against north carolina’s republican-led legislature who are seeking to redraw election maps in their favour. north carolina’s republican bid to redraw electoral maps was previously blocked by a democratic majority on the state’s supreme court, and the supreme court will now rule on whether the us constitution’s provision allowing states to govern the “times, places and manner” of elections means that state courts have no role to play.
Dispute began on 5 december when north carolina governor roy cooper highlighted this issue in an opinion piece for the new york times. cooper warned that if the court reverses course, state legislatures across the country could be “empowered to subvert the will of the people and overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.” four of the supreme court justices have voiced tentative support for the argument, and michael luttig, a conservative former judge, has said that this case is “the single most important case on american democracy – and for american democracy – in the nation’s history.”
Ginsberg warned that a reversal of course in the court case could have dire consequences for the us. he stated that such a move could “make a bad situation much worse, exacerbating the current moment of political polarization and further undermining confidence in our elections.” voting rights groups, democrats, and a number of prominent republicans have argued that a ruling in the assembly’s favour would be detrimental, as it would empower state legislatures to “subvert the will of the people and overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.” this comes at a time when intense public debate about us election integrity is occurring.