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Election Cases Move Toward U.S. Supreme Court, Risking Deadlocks

  • Appeals courts poised to rule in Texas, North Carolina suits
  • Court splits may yield conflicting outcomes in various states
People wait in line to enter the U.S. Supreme Court building on June 20, 2016, in Washington.

People wait in line to enter the U.S. Supreme Court building on June 20, 2016, in Washington.

Photographer: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

At the shorthanded U.S. Supreme Court, the next deadlock may affect the November election.

A group of voting-rights cases is making its way to a court that’s all but guaranteed to have a lingering vacancy through the election. The divisive nature of the issues may leave the eight justices unable to decide who can cast the ballots that will determine control of the White House and Congress.