Supreme Court Decision in Moore v. Harper Could Harm Free and Fair Elections
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In this video, the Center for American Progress unpacks the arguments in Moore v. Harper, a case with the potential to upend free and fair elections. As explained in the video, if the court’s extreme conservative majority adopts the reckless independent state legislature theory, partisan state legislators could have limitless power to craft election laws and draw rigged congressional maps.
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The U.S. Supreme Court is considering the blockbuster case of Moore v. Harper. At the center of this democracy-related case is a lawless theory, which, if adopted, could hand partisan state legislators potentially limitless power to manipulate rules for federal elections and draw unfair congressional maps. This independent state legislature (ISL) theory, which even many conservative experts deem meritless, could undermine free and fair elections and threaten a giant step backward for a truly representative democracy.