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Thu Oct 4, 2018, 11:51 AM

Time to Consider the Direct Election of the Supreme Court

Yes, it would take a Constitutional Amendment, but hear me out. The advise and consent power has become partisan outside of any democratic process. We the people, quite literally, don't get a say. Imagine some of the possibilities:

-Expand the number of Justices
-Direct popular vote in non-partisan races the first November after a vacancy emerges.
-Retention votes every 4 years on Presidential cycle for all justices.
-limitations on age, before the bar, etc.

The Supreme Court was designed to be Conservative and elitist. Can we please to away with this non-democratic institution already?

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JCMach1 Oct 2018 OP
Meadowoak Oct 2018 #1
JCMach1 Oct 2018 #2
Meadowoak Oct 2018 #3
MichMary Oct 2018 #4
JCMach1 Oct 2018 #5
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struggle4progress Oct 2018 #6
NightWatcher Oct 2018 #7

Response to JCMach1 (Original post)

Thu Oct 4, 2018, 11:57 AM

1. We need a larger more diverse court, it should include LGBT, athiest, black, Hispanic, single parent

And nobody wealthy.

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Response to Meadowoak (Reply #1)

Thu Oct 4, 2018, 11:58 AM

2. Let the American people decide

and diversity will follow...

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Response to JCMach1 (Reply #2)

Thu Oct 4, 2018, 12:00 PM

3. Exactly.

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Response to JCMach1 (Original post)

Thu Oct 4, 2018, 12:07 PM

4. No

-Retention votes every 4 years on Presidential cycle for all justices. Good grief, no! Can you imagine how that would have gone in 1980, 1984, etc?

-Direct popular vote in non-partisan races the first November after a vacancy emerges.
Also, no. We have enough of a problem getting our voters out to the polls for non-presidential elections. This would virtually guarantee a Republican-leaning court.

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Response to MichMary (Reply #4)

Thu Oct 4, 2018, 12:57 PM

5. details are flexible... the system we have now is NOT democratic

Why should we keep it?

Senators were not directly elected under the Constitution... did we keep that?

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Response to MichMary (Reply #4)

Thu Oct 4, 2018, 01:01 PM

6. +

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Response to JCMach1 (Original post)

Thu Oct 4, 2018, 01:02 PM

7. Because electing a president went so well for us this time

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