MEDIA ADVISORY: Common Cause, SCJS Hold Media Briefing on Legal Strategy for Moore v. Harper 

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National experts describe the legal arguments and dangers of the voting rights case scheduled for oral arguments Dec. 7. 

On Thursday, October 27 at 1 p.m. EST, Common Cause and the Southern Coalition for Social Justice will hold a media briefing to discuss the legal arguments and strategy behind the fight to defend our democracy in Moore v. Harper. The U.S. Supreme Court case, stemming from the legal fight for fair maps in North Carolina, is scheduled for oral arguments on December 7, 2022. At worst, a bad decision in Moore could hand state lawmakers near-absolute power to run federal elections, without checks and balances from the courts that have long been a cornerstone of our democracy. 

A brief was filed jointly by Common Cause, Harper, and League of Conservation Voters respondents last week, describing how North Carolina lawmakers’ desperate and dangerous arguments are inconsistent with the text, structure, and history of the U.S. Constitution, and contradict centuries’ worth of well-established precedent. 

Representatives from Common Cause, the legal team at the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, and retired federal court Judge J. Michael Luttig, who recently joined Common Cause’s legal team in this major voting rights case, will discuss the legal, historical, and practical arguments underlying our opposition in Moore v. Harper. Speakers will also discuss the ‘independent state legislature theory’ (ISLT), the flimsy and debunked legal argument floated in this case that, if adopted, could upend elections and consolidate partisan power in both blue and red states. 



  • Kathay Feng, national redistricting director, Common Cause  
  • Allison Riggs, legal counsel and co-director of Southern Coalition for Social Justice 
  • J. Michael Luttig, retired federal judge, legal co-counsel for Common Cause in Moore v. Harper


What: Media Briefing on the U.S. Supreme Court’s Moore v. Harper case

When: Thursday, Oct. 27 at 1 p.m. EST

Where: Zoom webinar. Click here to register.


Media have permission to record the briefing. A video link to the recording will be distributed following the event.