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Jun 27, 2023

National Coalition on Black Civic Participation Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Ruling's Rejection of Anti-Democratic Independent State Legislature Theory to Control Voting and Elections in North Carolina Moore v. Harper GerryMandering Case

Washington, D.C. (June 27, 2023) -- In a landmark ruling, The U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision today to reject the anti-democratic independent state legislature (ISL) theory in Moore v. Harper. This historic verdict upholds the fundamental principles of our democratic system and reinforces the vital importance of checks and balances in our elections.

The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP) commends the decision. ISL theory, if adopted, would have granted state legislatures unchecked authority over voting laws and elections, creating a worrisome landscape where state politicians could dictate election results and ignore their own state constitution.

Melanie L. Campbell, President and CEO of The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation stated the following,  “Today, our Nation’s highest court affirmed our democratic system's checks and balances and rejected this dangerous effort to sow chaos and doubt in our federal elections. This decision prevents state legislatures from granting themselves exclusive power to establish the rules for voting and elections, without having to deal with state constitutional limits and state court intervention. Democracy won today by this decision and that is to be commended."

Despite this victory, the NCBCP acknowledges the ongoing challenges posed by suppressive voting laws in various states, especially throughout The South. Our organization remains committed to preserving voting rights, eliminating partisan gerrymandering, and advocating for the protection of our democratic processes and will continue to advocate and fight for the passage of the federal voting rights reform, including the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and Freedom to Vote Act.

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The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP) is one of the most active civil rights and social justice organizations in the nation “dedicated to increasing civic engagement, economic and voter empowerment in Black America.” The Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR) is the women and girls’ empowerment arm of the NCBCP. At the forefront of championing just and equitable public policy on behalf of Black women, BWR promotes their health and wellness, economic security & prosperity, education and global empowerment as key elements for success.

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