Vote the Courts 2020

When we cast ballots for president and for senators in November, it’s critically important to remember the roles these elected officials will play in putting fair-minded judges on the bench. And polls show that on this issue, Democrats have the edge. Vote the Courts 2020 is tracking what presidential primary candidates say about the courts, and identifying senators whose confirmation votes for unfit judges prove they don’t deserve to keep their seats.

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What We’re Up Against

  • The unlimited flood of money into our politics that enables special interests and the wealthy to influence who is nominated to our courts
  • A Republican-controlled Senate that blocked President Obama’s judicial nominees and rubber-stamps Trump’s unfit nominees
  • The Right’s decades-long campaign to capture our courts in order to gut civil and human rights and sabotage the New Deal’s economic, health and safety protections

Read more on PFAW’s Right Wing Watch 

What the People Are Saying

Recent polling shows that the courts are a winning issue for Democrats.

In a poll conducted among likely 2020 voters in 10 battleground states,voters who said the president’s ability to appoint Supreme Court justices was a reason to support a Democrat for president outnumbered those who said it was a reason to support Trump (43% versus 35%).

Democrats and liberals were more likely than other voters to say it was “very important” to them to consider the kinds of judges a Senate candidate would confirm, when making their decisions whom to support in Senate races.

*Survey conducted online June 2019 among 1,204 likely 2020 voters in 10 SCOTUS battleground states: Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, North Carolina, South Carolina.

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