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Democrats Get a New Worry in Supreme Court Wins on Congress Maps

  • Four justices consider giving state legislatures more power
  • Court could threaten use of independent redistricting panels

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday gave Democrats a short-term win on congressional voting maps -- and fresh cause for worry about the future of the country’s election laws.

Over three dissents, the justices left in place a court-drawn North Carolina map that could help Democrats win a handful of races in the November election. The map replaced a Republican-crafted one that the North Carolina Supreme Court concluded was so partisan it violated the state constitution.