Raleigh, N.C. — North Carolina Senate Leader Phil Berger issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on the mid-election rewrite of North Carolina’s election laws:
“We’re disappointed that, in this instance, the Court majority appears to agree that the legislature’s authority to determine the time, place, and manner of elections is subject to being set aside by a partisan panel of unelected bureaucrats.
“Some may say that the policy choice now made by courts and unelected bureaucrats this time is relatively insignificant. Perhaps they’re right. But I’m very concerned about the small, but not zero, chance of protracted, no-holds-barred litigation over dubiously marked, late-arriving ballots that would change the outcome of an election. This decision advances that possible scenario.
“Rules for the conduct of elections exist to provide for clear protocols, understood by all before voting begins, and to change those rules mid-election invites suspicion and undermines confidence in election outcomes.”