The US Supreme Court v the vote

A newly appointed conservative justice has fueled fears about the court’s power to decide whose votes count.

Wrick and Vera Carter wait in line to cast their ballots during early voting for the upcoming presidential elections inside of The Atlanta Hawks's State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia, US, October 12, 2020 [File: Chris Aluka Berry/Reuters]

From ballots and deadlines to envelopes and polling places, if it is part of the US election, there is probably a lawsuit about it. This is the most litigated election in US history, and decisions that could swing the result will come down to the nine unelected members of the Supreme Court. A newly appointed conservative justice has heightened fears about the court’s power to decide whose votes count, and whose get thrown out.

What does that mean for people of colour who have fought decades of voter suppression? And what will the election mean for the future of the Supreme Court?

In this episode:

Franita Tolson, vice dean at the University of Southern California’s Gould School of Law, and a fellow with The Justice Collaborative, Ryan Doerfler, professor at the University of Chicago Law School.

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The team:

Alexandra Locke and Negin Owliaei produced this episode with Amy Walters, Dina Kesbeh, Ney Alvarez, Abigail Ony Nwaohuocha, Priyanka Tilve, and Malika Bilal.

Alex Roldan is The Take’s sound designer. Natalia Aldana is the engagement producer. Stacey Samuel is The Take’s executive producer and Graelyn Brashear is Al Jazeera’s head of audio.

Source: Al Jazeera