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AFT’s Weingarten Reacts to Supreme Court Decision in Moore v. Harper

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Andrew Crook
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WASHINGTON—American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten issued the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision in Moore v. Harper:

“Today, the court decided to honor settled precedent and reject the ‘independent state legislature’ theory—a baseless thought bubble from the extremist MAGA fringe that could have struck a major blow to free and fair elections. The justices correctly noted that states cannot evade the requirements of federal law.

“This decision is a welcome relief, but the outcome should never have been in doubt—especially after Jan. 6, 2021, when the idea of counting every vote seemed to dangle in the balance. Congress must now enact the reforms necessary to ensure that the Supreme Court returns to expanding the right to vote, not restricting it.”

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The AFT represents 1.7 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.