Wednesday, November 16, 2022
8:00 PM EST
The next major challenge to US Democracy comes before the Supreme Court in North Carolina’s Moore v. Harper case. Join us for an in-depth look at what’s at stake with Becky Harper of Common Cause NC (a long-time member of UU Fellowship of Raleigh, NC), who will discuss arguments by NC lawmakers, the case’s potential impact on our elections and what Unitarian Universalists can do to fight back. Becky will be joined by an attorney involved in the case from the Southern Coalition for Social Justice.
Experts say an extreme interpretation of the Constitution in this North Carolina redistricting case would make it even easier for state legislatures to suppress the vote, draw gerrymandered election districts, and subvert election results, among other concerns. At issue is a fringe legal ploy, the so-called “independent state legislature theory,” which has never been accepted by U.S. courts. While the Moore case will not affect the 2022 election voting maps, it could have profound implications for the freedom to vote — and having those votes count equally in future elections — including the all-important 2024 presidential cycle.
The Supreme Court is expected to hear arguments on the case on December 7th and make a ruling next year, in time for the 2024 elections. UUSJ has joined an Amicus Brief prepared and submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court.