Empty Seat on the Supreme Court

Empty Seat on the Supreme Court

Reese Dunlap, reporter

Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on Sept. 18, 2020 and left a seat on the supreme court open.


Ruth Bader Ginsberg aka RBG was a justice on the supreme court. She was nominated in 1993 by Clinton. She took office on August 10, 1993. Supreme court justices stay in office until they cannot do their duties or pass away. On the 18th of September sadly, she succumbed to Pancreatic cancer after 11 years. Right before she died, she said, “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.”


Her death has caused so much controversy. Democrats want to hold the vote of the new justice until after the election because they think Joe Biden actually has a chance. Republicans on the other hand, are pushing for the vote to happen now while they hold the senate and have a republican president. White House Press Secretary, Kayleigh McEnany said “Replacing Ginsberg can be done and will done.” This empty seat has caused so many problems


When a Justice dies or cannot do their duties anymore, the president at the time will nominate a new justice and then the senate will vote on them. The Supreme Court is made up of nine justices. There are nine, so there can’t be a tie. Each party wants to have five of their party members on their, so they are more likely to rule un that party’s favor. Right now, there are only eight justices on the supreme court because of the empty seat. Mcenany said, “Ginsberg was nominated and confirmed in 42 days.” There are 43 days until the election, so it can be done, but the democrats don’t want to. It will be interesting to see what happens over the next 43 days.