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The United States government is a system of checks and balances. The Founders designed it that way so that no one branch—executive, legislative or judicial—has more power than another.

In June 2023, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision in Moore v. Harper, a case brought before the Court by North Carolina Republican lawmakers. The case involved the notion of an independent state legislature, a theory that suggests the U.S. Constitution delegates authority to regulate federal elections within a state to its state lawmakers (legislative) with no checks from state courts (judicial) or governors (executive).

“The independent state legislature theory is the view that the Constitution creates a uniquely independent role for state legislatures when they regulate federal elections,” Richard H. Pildes, a professor at New York University School of Law, wrote in an op-ed for The New York Times. “The extreme view that the North Carolina legislature took in the case would mean that even state constitutions could not limit the legislature’s power to, among other things, design the state’s congressional voting map in a way that unfairly maximizes one party’s advantage over the other (in this case, Republicans over Democrats).” READ MORE

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