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The Supreme Court Took a Redistricting Case. It Could Transform Elections

  • Conservative theory may affect gerrymandering, mail-in voting
  • Justices to consider giving state legislatures more authority
A voter casts their ballot at a polling location in Cheyenne, Wyoming. 

A voter casts their ballot at a polling location in Cheyenne, Wyoming. 

Photographer: David Williams/Bloomberg

The US Supreme Court is poised to consider a far-reaching constitutional argument that would give state lawmakers broad power to set the rules for federal elections in a dispute with roots in bitter controversies over the 2000 and 2020 presidential races.

The court on Wednesday will use a North Carolina redistricting case to consider Republican contentions that the Constitution assigns near-exclusive election authority to state legislatures. The approach would strip state judges and other officials of longstanding roles in shaping congressional districts, voter eligibility and mail-in ballots requirements starting with the 2024 election.