When the Supreme Court Decided The Election Through History

By Karen Harris
An outside view of the US Supreme Court. (Yegor Aleyev\TASS via Getty Images)

You've got to hand it to the Founding Fathers. When they wrote the U.S. Constitution, they put some clever rules in place to ensure a fair election process in which every vote counts. As part of the checks and balances system that prevents one branch of government from getting too powerful, the judicial branch—specifically, the Supreme Court—can play (and has played) a role in determining the outcome of a contentious presidential election. In fact, the Supreme Court decided elections twice in U.S. history.