Washington, D.C. — Today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in Moore v. Harper, a case centered on newly drawn maps of voting districts for North Carolina’s 14 seats in the next U.S. House of Representatives. The Court rejected a legal theory — the independent state legislature theory — that argued state legislatures have sweeping authority to set rules for federal elections without any checks and balances from other government entities.

Following the ruling, Democracy Forward President & CEO Skye Perryman issued the following statement: 

Today, the Supreme Court rejected North Carolina officials’ anti-democratic effort to strip state courts of their ability to review congressional maps. This process of checks-and-balances is key to American democracy. We are pleased at the steps the Court has taken to prevent the spread and legitimization of this dangerous legal theory by other states and rogue actors.