Vote the Courts 2020

Supreme Court justices and lower-court federal judges have the power to shape the course of our lives. From the quality of the air we breathe, to the right to control our own bodies, to whom we can marry, to whether our votes count in our elections judges’ powerful rulings can expand, protect or endanger our rights and freedoms.


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Since Donald Trump became president, the judges he has appointed have voted to jeopardize our hard-won rights. Now more than ever, our next president needs to nominate fair-minded constitutionalists who value equality and justice for all. To protect our future, we must urge every candidate to share their plans to nominate judges who understand that the law and the Constitution protect all of us, not just the wealthy and powerful.

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Courts Are a Winning Issue for Democrats

In a poll conducted in battleground states in 2019, voters cited the federal courts as a reason to vote for Democrats rather than Republicans. Also, more Democrats than Republicans said the federal courts would matter in their votes for U.S. Senate.

When asked about the Supreme Court and the next president’s authority to appoint justices:
43% said this is more of a reason to support the Democratic nominee, versus 35% who said it is more of a reason to support Donald Trump.

When asked how much consideration they will be giving to the kinds of judges that Senate candidates would confirm to SCOTUS and other federal courts:
58% of Democrats said the issue would be very important versus 50% of Republicans

63% of liberals said the issue would be very important versus 55% of conservatives

The survey was conducted online June 2019 among 1,204 likely 2020 voters in 10 SCOTUS battleground states: AZ, CO, GA, IA, ME, MI, MN, NH, NC, and SC. Sponsoring organizations were Alliance for Justice Action Campaign, Earthjustice, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, National Women’s Law Center, and People For the American Way.

Fair-Minded Judges Will Respect:

  • Policies That Advance Racial Justice and laws that mitigate systemic and structural racial inequities
  • Gender Equity and LGBTQ+ Rights Laws that protect people’s bodily autonomy and promote equity in education, employment, and health care
  • Immigrants’ Rights and laws that treat people humanely and offer the opportunity to thrive
  • Environmental Safeguards that stop corporations from poisoning our families and dirtying our air, water and natural resources
  • Workers’ Rights that keep working people safe and protect us against discrimination and harassment
  • Consumers’ Rights that protect us from scams and dangerous and faulty products

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