UNITED FOR DEMOCRACY: MOORE V. HARPER DECISION RELEASED AS COURT’S LEGITIMACY REMAINS IN QUESTION; WE’RE NOT OUT OF THE WOODS
Washington, D.C. – The US Supreme Court issued a ruling this morning in Moore v. Harper, formally rejecting the “independent state legislature” theory – the idea that the Constitution’s elections clause gives state legislatures nearly unfettered authority to regulate federal elections, without a role for state courts.
Stasha Rhodes, Campaign Director of United for Democracy, issued the following statement:
“For the first time in ages, the Court’s legitimacy is under real scrutiny. The public is fed up. People understand that our democracy is weak when in the hands of extremely partisan, scandal-rocked justices who regularly ignore ethics and judicial norms. This message is coming through loud and clear, and the decision to reject the independent state legislature theory shows that the extreme majority is increasingly concerned about growing public pressure. The Court may be beginning to pull back from the brink of some of the most egregious extremes of the Federalist Society’s agenda, but we are not out of the woods yet. We must not let up and Congress must act.”
United for Democracy is a diverse and growing coalition of more than 100 grassroots organizations, labor unions, and advocates for reproductive rights, gun violence prevention, the environment, workers’ rights and more, all representing tens of millions of Americans. The new nationwide campaign launched to educate Americans about the impact today’s Supreme Court is having on their lives, freedoms, and democracy — and call on Congress to rein in its unchecked powers.