Supreme Court Rejects Controversial Theory on Voting Rights
Washington - The Supreme Court of the United States has dismissed a theory on voting rights advanced by supporters of former US President Donald Trump. This interpretation of the Constitution argued that state legislatures have the authority to make decisions on voting rights without judicial review.
Yesterday, the Supreme Court rejected this interpretation, stating that the Constitution does not exempt legislative actions on voting rights from judicial scrutiny, as explained in the court's decision.
The case before the Supreme Court originated in the state of North Carolina, where Democrats successfully challenged the Republican-initiated redrawing of electoral districts in court. Subsequently, the Republicans brought the case to the Supreme Court, citing the "Independent State Legislature Theory."
Theory Aimed to Overturn the 2020 Election Result
This theory, promoted by some activists for years, asserts that only state legislatures have the power to make decisions on election laws and the drawing of district boundaries. Supporters of former President Donald Trump attempted to use this interpretation to overturn the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.
"The Elections Clause does not protect the state legislatures from the usual judicial review, subjecting them to federal constitutional constraints," wrote Chief Justice John Roberts in the Supreme Court's ruling. The decision was reached with the majority of six out of the nine predominantly conservative justices on the Supreme Court.
Had the justices declared the theory to be constitutional, experts believed it would have had far-reaching implications for the upcoming 2024 presidential election. It could have allowed the ruling party to engage in partisan gerrymandering, altering district boundaries to their advantage without constitutional restrictions or judicial oversight.