Add your name to this petition calling on the US Senate to honor Justice Ginsburg’s dying wish. Together let’s ensure her seat is filled only after every vote is counted.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg always chose her words carefully from her early years as a lawyer arguing landmark cases to her powerful dissenting opinions from the bench of the US Supreme Court and finally with her dying wish to her granddaughter: that her seat not be filled until the next president is sworn in.
A trailblazer who fundamentally shifted our nation toward equality, Justice Ginsburg deserves a successor who is chosen by the next president elected by the people. With the 2020 presidential election already underway in the form of early voting and mail-in ballots, the Senate must not push through a nominee until the election results are certified and the winner is sworn in on Inauguration Day. Indeed, using the current justices as our guide, on average it takes 79 days to confirm a Supreme Court nominee — hardly enough time given the circumstances.
We believe in a federal judiciary that is of and for the people and that federal judges who serve in these lifetime appointments must be fair, independent, and qualified with a commitment to constitutional rights for everyone. This is even more critical for those appointed to serve on our nation’s highest court. Senators need more time to fully vet and meet the nominee who will serve on the highest court of the land for a lifetime, issuing decisions that will impact nearly every American in this country.
We are committed to seeing Justice Ginsburg’s dying wish fulfilled and will do everything in our power to ensure her seat is filled only after every vote is counted.
We urge the Senate to instead focus on providing relief for millions of Americans who are still suffering from the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, including the families and loved ones of the nearly 200,000 people who have died, as well as the 20 million people who have lost their jobs. Responding to the urgent needs of women, children, and families requires the full attention of the Senate.
The famous injunction in Deuteronomy (16:20): Tzedek, tzedek, tirdof, or “Justice, justice, you shall pursue,” is situated in the context of verses imploring us to create a fair and impartial judiciary; our pursuit of a non-partisan judiciary is, in its essence, the pursuit of justice, and our holding fast to this standard honors the memory of a great judge and justice.