The Supreme Court is preparing for its new term by looking back at previous cases that could have an impact on the 2024 elections. This includes an examination of cases such as McDonnell v. United States, Citizens United v. FEC, and Shelby County v. Holder, which have had a major role in initiatives such as election administration reforms, campaign finance rules, and voting rights.
The Supreme Court’s examination of prior decisions provides an opportunity for it to consider ways in which it can address potential issues ahead of the 2024 elections. This includes considering the scope of the effects these decisions have had or may continue to have in the coming years. For example, the Court may choose to reconsider rulings from its more recent decisions such as Shelby County v. Holder, which struck down a significant portion of the Voting Rights Act. Such a reconsideration could have significant impacts on voter suppression or discrimination designed to keep certain groups from voting.
The Supreme Court’s review of these cases could also have implications for the ongoing debate on whether or not governmental restrictions on access to the ballot box are unconstitutional. That review could provide an opportunity to consider if more limits should be placed on rules that deny citizens the right to vote. Furthermore, the review could also provide guidance as to how the Court should approach cases regarding gerrymandering and redistricting, which have the power to shape electoral outcomes.
All in all, the Supreme Court’s review of these past cases provides a chance to evaluate the impact these rulings have had on the elections and determine if any changes need to be made to ensure voting rights and prevent disenfranchisement. This is especially important in the run up to the 2024 election, as debate around voting has been at fever pitch in the U.S. for some time now.