Before she became a judge, Allison Riggs had been heavily involved for more than a decade in litigation to block Republican redistricting maps and laws requiring photo identification to cast ballots.
North Carolinians now have to show a voter ID to vote, a requirement that multiple courts said was unconstitutional and targeted voters of color.
Justice Michael Morgan’s announcement highlights the consequences of judicial elections on issues like abortion rights, voting, and gerrymandering.
The decisions, reversals of the court's previous rulings, give the Republican-controlled General Assembly the ability to entrench their power, without checks or balances.
The rehearings not only threaten free and open elections, but also undermine the integrity of the state’s highest court, voting rights groups say.
Last week, a newly-elected Republican majority on the state Supreme Court blocked millions of dollars for underfunded schools. They haven’t just undermined the courts. They’ve undermined all of us.
The two Democratic justices on the court disagreed with the majority’s decision, with Justice Anita Earls writing that rehearing the redistricting decision was a “power grab” and a “radical break with 205 years of history.”
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