Today, the US Supreme Court affirmed the role of state court judicial review in a major victory for checks and balances and the constitutional rights of voters. The Court rejected a state legislature’s exclusive and independent authority over federal elections and was resolute in not expanding that authority through the dangerous “Independent State Legislature” theory.
LWVNC released the following statement:
Today's US Supreme Court ruling in Moore v. Harper is a voting rights victory. Moore v. Harper involved the question of the extreme Independent State Legislature theory, which would allow state legislatures to work around state courts and governors and bend the rules to benefit their interests. The Supreme Court rejected the Independent State Legislature theory and recognized the essential role of state courts, which is a victory for voters everywhere and a defeat for those who try to undermine elections by suppressing voters and inserting uncertainty in democratic institutions.