Map Our Future Rally in Wheaton to focus attention on the Moore v. Harper Supreme Court case
On Wednesday, Dec. 7, the community is invited to join the Leagues of Women Voters of Roselle-Bloomingdale, Glen Ellyn, Naperville, and Wheaton in a rally to bring attention to the Moore v. Harper Supreme Court case.
The rally is being held in conjunction with League of Women Voters-U.S. Map Our Future rally in front of the Supreme Court Building in Washington, D.C.
It will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. at the DuPage County Courthouse, 505 County Farm Road in Wheaton.
The Moore v. Harper case concerns the so-called "independent state legislature theory" which, if adopted, would have far-reaching implications for the future of American democracy.
"Giving states unchecked power to set rules for federal elections is an assault on the American voter," said Virginia Kase Solomón, CEO of the League of Women Voters of the U.S. "Historically, state legislatures have enacted the most harmful and suppressive anti-voter laws, and pro-voter groups like the League have relied on the ability to fight them in state courts. The independent state legislature theory is a dangerous, fringe ideology that leaves voters effectively defenseless from harmful election laws."
The League of Women Voters has serious concerns about this case because a ruling adopting independent state legislature theory would give state legislatures nearly unrestricted authority to set the rules for federal elections, prioritizing the ambitions of politicians over the American voter.
Furthermore, if the Supreme Court condones this theory, it will undermine the role of state courts to protect voters when politicians create unconstitutional barriers to voting, draw unlawful voting maps, and invalidate direct democracy efforts like ballot initiatives.
The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy and does not support or oppose any political parties or candidates.
With over 100 years of experience and more than 800 local and state affiliations, the League is one of America's most trusted grass-roots organizations. Membership in the League is open to people ages 16 and older.
For more information on the League of Women Voters of Illinois, visit www.lwvil.org, and for information on the League of Women Voters of the United States, visit www.lwv.org.