SCOTUS Begins New Term With Voting, Election Cases At Forefront

  • The Supreme Court begins its term with surveys showing diminished public confidence after spring term, in which high court overturned landmark Roe v. Wade – but not before a draft opinion on the decision was leaked to the news media.
  • In the so-called “Roe decision” the court’s conservative majority ended nearly 50 years of constitutional protections for abortion rights.
  • Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, the court’s first black female, takes the seat of retired Justice Stephen Breyer, but the court will still have a conservative-leaning majority.
  • Among the cases being considered by the justices are ones on colleges taking into account race in admissions decisions, the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965, and an appeal that could impact how elections for Congress and the presidency are conducted by giving more power to state legislatures and less to state courts.