Supreme Court nominees have to jump through a few hoops to get their robes. Here’s how it works…
On average, it takes about 70 days. Though in some cases, like with the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, justices were confirmed quicker – RBG was confirmed in 42 days. Republicans are trying to confirm Trump’s third SCOTUS nominee ASAP, hoping to ensure a conservative court and clinch a big win with conservatives before the election. Plus, Trump and other Republicans have claimed that there is a possibility of a contested election, which the Supreme Court may have to weigh in on – and eight justices instead of nine could lead to a 4-4 tie. Democrats have said whoever wins the election should get to nominate RBG’s replacement.
Yes. Even if the Dems win the Senate and/or White House in the election, the Republican-led Senate can confirm Trump’s nominee up until January 3, 2021 – when the new session of Congress starts.
The confirmation process is a crucial time for senators and the public to get to know the next potential SCOTUS justice – someone who could have an impact on the Court’s decisions for a generation. During a pandemic and an election year, the process is unlikely to be business as usual.
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