WASHINGTON – A presidential election riddled with rampant court challenges and ripe for more faces a Supreme Court with an empty chair.

The death Friday of Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg adds a layer of intrigue to a pandemic-infused campaign that's been challenged from Alabama to Wisconsin, prompting the justices to resolve political disputes they would rather sidestep.

More than 300 lawsuits have been filed, in nearly every state, thanks largely to problems associated with COVID-19 and the expansion of voting by mail. Republicans, including President Donald Trump's reelection campaign, demand limits while Democrats push for further opportunities.

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The nation's ever-rising political polarization and reckless claims on social mediamake it even more likely that local, state and federal elections will wind up in court, not only in the weeks leading up to Election Day but in the days and weeks thereafter.

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