No justices will be in the courtroom and there will be no on-camera component, court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg confirmed.
Oral arguments will be heard on May 4-6 and May 11-13, but the specific dates for each case are yet to be determined, the court said.
The Supreme Court has long refused to allow live audio of its court sessions, allowing only about 500 spectators in the room to listen to the arguments as they unfold. Now, instead of waiting at times in long line outside the courtroom, hoping to get a coveted seat, the public will get a real time sense of the justices’ thinking.
Most states currently require some kind of a pledge from an elector to vote for the party’s candidate who won the popular vote in the state. Overall, 10 of the 538 presidential electors in 2016 voted or attempted to vote for someone other than their pledged candidate.
The other major case concerns the Trump administration’s attempt to weaken the “contraceptive mandate,” the Affordable Care Act’s long-controversial requirement that employer-provided health insurance plans cover birth control as a preventive service.
Roughly half of oral arguments the court was scheduled to hear in March and April will now be postponed until the fall term, lawyers for those cases were told Monday.
Those issues involve a copyright case between Google and Oracle and a case concerning the statute of limitations for rape in the military.
In addition to the oral arguments, the justices are still scheduled to release opinions for all the cases that have been argued so far this term. They include blockbuster issues concerning LGBT rights, abortion, the termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program and the 2nd Amendment.
This story has been updated with details of the court’s actions.