U.S. voters are eagerly awaiting a decision from the Supreme Court on whether former President Donald Trump will be allowed to appear on the ballot for this year's presidential election. The court is currently reviewing arguments surrounding whether Trump's alleged involvement in the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol disqualifies him from running for presidency.
According to election-law expert Richard Hasen, a decision could be reached as early as today. Hasen, who teaches at UCLA Law, suggests that if the justices determine that Trump can indeed be disqualified by a state, the ruling may come by the end of June.
This case represents the Supreme Court's most significant involvement in a presidential election since the infamous Bush v. Gore case in 2000. It addresses a constitutional provision implemented after the Civil War to prevent former officeholders who have "engaged in insurrection" from returning to positions of power.
One state, Colorado, has already decided that Trump incited the riot at the Capitol and is therefore ineligible to run for president again. As a result, he will not appear on the state's primary ballot on March 5. Trump's legal team contends that he had no direct involvement in or control over the attack.
It is worth noting that Bush v. Gore was settled just one day after oral arguments, effectively declaring Republican George W. Bush as the winner of that year's election. The outcome of this Supreme Court decision has the potential to similarly impact the current presidential race.
(The Associated Press contributed)