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In this Oct. 1, 1993, file photo, President Bill Clinton poses with members of the Supreme Court at the court in Washington. From left are, Antonin Scalia, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Anthony Kennedy, John Paul Stevens, Chief Justice William Rehnquist, Clinton, Harry Blackmun, Sandra Day O'Connor, David Souter and Clarence Thomas. Ginsburg, a diminutive yet towering women’s rights champion who became the court’s second female justice, has died at her home in Washington. (Ken Heinen, Pool via AP)
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Published: 21 September 2020

Just 45 days before Election Day, voters like you should have a say in choosing our next Supreme Court justice. Tell your senators that the Senate must protect our democracy and wait until after inauguration day to hold hearings on a new Supreme Court justice.

Our nation has lost a monumental and transformative figure. With the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, we mourn a trailblazer for equality, women’s rights and reproductive rights, a hero and a singular inspiration. Justice Ginsburg was a deeply principled person who demonstrated great courage and conviction throughout her entire legal career — courage that has ultimately shaped America into a more equitable and just nation.

I’m sure you remember that in February 2016, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to allow a vote to fill the late Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat because the presidential election was that year. Senator McConnell proclaimed:

“The American people are perfectly capable of having their say on this issue, so let’s give them a voice. Let’s let the American people decide.”

Now, only SIX weeks before Election Day, with early voting underway, Mitch McConnell has already announced that the Senate will vote on a nominee before the presidential election. In this brazen rejection of fairness and democracy, McConnell has chosen to exploit the passing of Justice Ginsburg for political gain. Don’t let your senators join him in silencing voters’ voices — tell them they must let the people decide.

Use the easy form on this page to CONTACT YOUR SENATORS.

Justice Ginsburg’s legacy is one of principled defiance. In shows of great strength, she made immense strides toward equal protection for everyone and pushed the nation to protect voting rights and our freedom to make decisions about our own bodies. In this crucial moment, we cannot allow the Senate to reject our country’s most core principles. They must stand up, in defense of our democracy, and let the people decide.

In solidarity,
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