America Votes Leadership Team Statement on the Supreme Court’s Ruling in Moore v. Harper

June 27, 2023


WASHINGTON— Today the Supreme Court of the United States issued a ruling in the case of Moore v. Harper that rejected the radical Independent State Legislature (ISL) Theory.  ISL, in its most extreme interpretation, would provide state legislatures unlimited power over elections including maps, voting rights laws, and election certification. The America Votes Senior Leadership Team issued the following statement on the ruling:

“Today’s Supreme Court ruling on Moore v. Harper squarely rejected a fringe conservative theory that threatened to fundamentally undermine American democracy. By rejecting the radical Independent State Legislature Theory, the United States Supreme Court has protected against extreme measures to dilute or suppress voters’ power and enable minority rule. In this decision, the court upheld state judicial review of federal election laws, procedures, and electoral maps. This ruling is an important  step toward ending partisan and racially-biased gerrymandering in the states.

“While this ruling allows proponents of democracy to temporarily breathe a sigh of relief, this is not the end to pivotal changes to democracy as there are many other court cases moving through the courts. We must continue to defend democracy, support in-state  election administration, and implement further protections to empower every American to exercise their constitutional right to vote no matter what state or local jurisdiction they reside in.“

The America Votes Senior Leadership Team is: Greg Speed, President; Sara Schreiber, Executive Director; Daria Dawson, Deputy Executive Director & National Political Director; Heidi Schloesser, Chief Operating Officer; Daniel Gonzales, National Director of Research and Program Innovation; Evan Kost, National Director of Investor Strategy and Program Advisor; Shabab Siddiqui, Director of Data and Targeting; and Josiette White, National Field Director. 

America Votes is the central coordination hub of the progressive community both nationally and in more than 20 states across the country, working with more than 400 state and national partner organizations to advance progressive policies, win elections, and protect every American’s right to vote.