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June 27, 2023

For Immediate Release 

June 27, 2023



Washington, DC — This morning, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in favor of the North Carolina Supreme Court, rejecting the ‘independent state legislature theory.’ This decision rules that state legislatures are not exempt from judicial review. Though this question should have never been raised, BIPOC communities have led the way in this historic win for democracy.

In response to this decision, Alexis Anderson-Reed, Chief Executive Officer at State Voices, said:

“The Supreme Court’s decision today marks a major victory for everyone who believes in democracy and fair representation. It’s a strike against voter suppression; a limit on state legislatures’ ability to hoard power; and a reminder that We the People are the ultimate decision makers in our democracy.

“To achieve a democracy that allows Black, Indigenous, and people of color to thrive, we must have checks and balances against a system that has systematically pushed us to the sidelines.  Today’s decision, combined with the Court’s recent ruling affirming key parts of the Voting Rights Act and limiting racial gerrymandering, are crucial steps on our path to a healthier democracy. We’re still far from the democracy we deserve, but today is worth celebrating.”


About State Voices

State Voices is a nonpartisan coalition dedicated to the political power of BIPOC communities. Over the past 12 years, State Voices has built a network of over 1,200 partners across 50 states, working together to create a multiracial democracy where every vote is counted, every voice is heard, and every need is met. Last year alone, State Voices made over 140 million contacts with voters.