The Constitution delegates power to administer federal elections to the states. The constitution has been understood to delegate that authority to each state's general lawmaking processes.
The independent state legislature theory is a fringe legal theory that would turn that understanding on its head and vest all power in state legislatures, removing the governor and state courts from redistricting and other election administration issues.
The U.S. Supreme court agreed to hear a case involving the theory this fall. We are taking a look at the theory.
Jen Miller, director of the League of Women Voters of Ohio
Catherine Turcer, executive director for Common Cause Ohio
Tom Wolf, deputy director of Brennan Center's Democracy Program
Suzanne Almeida director of state operations with Common Cause