PILF to SCOTUS: The Power to Draw Congressional Maps Belongs to State Legislatures and Congress

Published On: September 07th, 2022

The Constitution recognizes that state legislatures are closest to the people and the Framers gave them the power to draw districts

(Alexandria, VA) – September 7, 2022: The Public Interest Legal Foundation filed an amicus curiae in Timothy Moore, et al v. Rebecca Harper and Timothy Moore, et al v. North Carolina League of Conservation Voters, Inc., et al. currently pending before the United States Supreme Court. The North Carolina Supreme Court upheld the state trial court’s invalidation of the North Carolina General Assembly’s congressional map and the mandate to use a judicially created map.

The Foundation argues in its brief that the Elections Clause of the United States Constitution gives state legislatures and the U.S. Congress the power to draw congressional maps. The North Carolina trial court’s ruling stripped power from the people’s representatives in the state legislature.

“The Founders wanted power kept closest to the people,” said PILF President J. Christian Adams. “They left the power to draw congressional map with lawmakers elected by the people. State legislatures are closest to the people and the Framers wanted state legislatures to determine how lines are drawn, not state court judges. State legislatures are the most responsive to the people, and therefore the functional reservoir of the power to protect ordered liberty.”

You can read the full amicus curiae here.

Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) is the nation’s only public interest law firm dedicated wholly to election integrity. The Foundation exists to assist states and others to aid the cause of election integrity and fight against lawlessness in American elections. Drawing on numerous experts in the field, PILF seeks to protect the right to vote and preserve the Constitutional framework of American elections. PILF has brought lawsuits and won victories in Texas, Mississippi, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and across the United States.


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