Our Democracy is at Stake: Do Not Rush the SCOTUS Confirmation Process

Amy Coney Barrett speaks at a podium while Donald Trump looks on
Amy Coney Barrett speaks after President Donald J. Trump introduced her as his Supreme Court Justice Nominee, during a ceremony in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, DC on Saturday, September 26, 2020. Trump is nominating Barrett to replace the seat left by the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died last week. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI Credit: UPI/Alamy Live News.

President Trump has nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to be the next Associate Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Judge Barrett has a limited record on democracy issues. The Senate needs ample time to explore her record, which is why this process cannot be rushed.

The U.S. Supreme Court plays a key role in helping to make sure that voters have the ability to participate in the political process, no matter where they live, the color of their skin, or how much money they make.   

The accelerated nomination process proposed by the current administration for the U.S. Supreme Court seat is unprecedented and takes away the ability of Congress and the public to thoroughly vet Judge Barrett for a lifetime appointment to the nation’s highest court.  

In addition, the mere fact that the current administration is working to nominate and confirm Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s replacement on the high court less than 36 days from Election Day – while voting in a general election is already underway in several states across the nation – denies Americans their ability to meaningfully have a say in the process.

The American people deserve to have a say in voting for senators who will be confirming the next Supreme Court justice.