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SCOTUS to take up case tied to NC redistricting on Wednesday

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A case out of North Carolina with potential major elections implications is on the docket at the U.S. Supreme Court this morning.

A case out of North Carolina with potential major elections implications is on the docket at the U.S. Supreme Court this morning.

Republican state lawmakers are asking the highest court in the land to side with a position called the Independent State Legislature Theory.

If successful it would limit what role state courts can play in checking state legislatures when it comes to matters of Congressional districting.

This legal fight arises out of redistricting earlier this year, when North Carolina’s state supreme court blocked U-S house districts from taking effect, ruling they violated the state constitution.

Republicans say their argument is narrow, tailored to a specific issue in North Carolina. But plaintiffs, opposed to the theory, warn that a favorable ruling could grant near unfettered control of federal elections to state legislatures across the country.

Oral arguments will wrap up by early afternoon, a ruling on this major case may not come until late June.

Jeff Tiberii first started posing questions to strangers after dinner at La Cantina Italiana, in Massachusetts, when he was two-years-old. Jeff grew up in Wayland, Ma., an avid fan of the Boston Celtics, and took summer vacations to Acadia National Park (ME) with his family. He graduated from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism, and moved to North Carolina in 2006. His experience with NPR member stations WAER (Syracuse), WFDD (Winston-Salem) and now WUNC, dates back 15 years.