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Former US president Donald Trump has falsely claimed the 2020 presidential election was stolen from him through voting fraud. Photo: Jonathan Ernst / Reuters

Former US president Donald Trump has falsely claimed the 2020 presidential election was stolen from him through voting fraud. Photo: Jonathan Ernst / Reuters

Former US president Donald Trump has falsely claimed the 2020 presidential election was stolen from him through voting fraud. Photo: Jonathan Ernst / Reuters

The US Supreme Court engaged in tense arguments yesterday in a Republican appeal that could transform American elections by giving politicians more power over voting rules and curbing the ability of courts at state level to scrutinise lawmakers’ actions in a major case involving North Carolina’s congressional districts.

The top court, which has a 6-3 conservative majority, heard about three hours of arguments, with some of its conservative members including Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas indicating sympathy toward the Republican arguments.


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