By Devin Dwyer, featuring Erin Hawley, Senior Legal Fellow at the Independent Women’s Law Center

The U.S. Supreme Court begins a new term on Monday amidst a raging political battle over an open seat and a high-stakes push by President Donald Trump to have the justices adjudicate a possible contested election.

One of the biggest challenges for the justices could come after Nov. 3 if legal challenges over contested election results end up before the court.

Trump last month said he’s “counting on” the justices to “look at the ballots.” But most observers believe they will try to avoid wading too deeply into an election as much as possible.

“I think the entire court would be skeptical,” said Erin Hawley, a senior legal fellow at the Independent Women’s Law Center. “From time immemorial, judges have been cautious of weighing into intensely political matters.”

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