With the 2012 elections in a year with a Supreme Court docket filled with healthcare reform, illegal immigration and affirmative action, there is no choice but to have a court that has an impact on the 2012 elections, says Brookings scholar Russell Wheeler.

“Whatever the court does on the healthcare act, it will be either a direct rebuke or a direct sustaining of a chief administration policy,” says Wheeler.

Candidates will also make an appeal to voters as to who they want to make the next set of appointments to the Supreme Court as more justices are expected to step down.