State legislative leaders file congressional map appeal with US Supreme Court

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RALEIGH — Republican state legislative leaders filed an appeal Friday afternoon with the U.S. Supreme Court over the court-drawn interim congressional map’s use in the 2022 election.

House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Kings Mountain) announced the move, saying in a statement, “The United States Constitution is clear – state legislatures, not state judges, are responsible for setting the rules governing elections. By striking the General Assembly’s congressional map and redrawing their own, with the help of Democrat partisans, the courts have, once again, violated the separation of powers. This effort to circumvent the elected representatives of the people will not stand.”

The filing with asks the nation’s top court to stay the interim map. Filing, however, resumed on Thursday, Feb. 24.

The plaintiffs in the state case that sued the legislature responded, with Southern Coalition for Social Justice attorney Allison Riggs saying, “We are confident this specious attempt to undermine our judiciary will be rejected,” in a press release. The U.S. Supreme Court told Common Cause and other litigants to respond to the stay request by Wednesday, reported the Associated Press.

Moore continued, saying, “Furthermore, this coordinated effort is funded by Eric Holder and led by disgraced Democrat operative Marc Elias, who have no business in interfering in our elections. I will pursue all legal means to ensure that North Carolina’s elections are decided by North Carolinians and that the constitution and rule of law are followed.”