Expert: Despite divisive decisions, SCOTUS not major factor for voters

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court often comes up as an election issue. You hear about activist justices or bad Constitutional interpretation. This is not a new phenomenon as the Supreme Court and the lower courts have become expected to weigh on issues that were once considered political questions rather than legal ones.

The public saw such decisions become major issues in the last presidential election as they took on the Affordable Care Act, Arizona’s immigration law and even same-sex marriage, although that was decided well after the election. How much of a role does the Court play in federal elections now and throughout our Constitutional History?

Host Carmen Russell-Sluchansky spoke with William Ross, a professor at Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Ala., to discuss the Supreme Court as an issue in federal elections.


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Carmen is a multimedia journalist based in Washington, DC whose work has appeared in a variety of outlets including National Geographic, NBC News, the BBC, Asia! Magazine, The China Post, Chicago Tribune and Orlando Sentinel.