RALEIGH — Today the League of Women Voters of North Carolina President Jo Nicholas released the following statement after the North Carolina Supreme Court took unprecedented action and reversed its prior ruling that North Carolina’s congressional and state legislative maps were unconstitutional partisan gerrymanders under the state Constitution:
“Today’s decision from the North Carolina Supreme Court opens the floodgates for unchecked partisan gerrymandering in our state for decades to come. Combined with the US Supreme Court’s 2019 decision in Rucho, today’s ruling weakens vital checks and balances, leaving no options for North Carolinians to challenge unconstitutionally partisan district maps in courts of law. This shameful decision means that politicians in North Carolina now have the ultimate power to choose their voters rather than voters choosing their representatives.
"Additionally, the North Carolina Supreme Court overturned a ruling that made it easier for people with past felony convictions to vote and overturned a decision that will clear the way for photo ID to be required in the future. These are all assaults on our democracy and burden the fundamental right to vote.”
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LWV of the United States and League chapters from all 50 states and DC filed an amicus brief in the Moore v. Harper case before the Supreme Court. The case concerns the so-called “independent state legislature theory” (ISLT), which, if adopted, would have far-reaching implications for the future of American democracy.
The League of Women Voters and Fair Elections Center released the following statements after the Supreme Court heard oral arguments for the Moore v. Harper case.
A dangerous theory known as the “independent state legislature doctrine" argues that state legislatures have unconditional power to legislate on election issues and cannot be reviewed by any established checks and balances.
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