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What people think Senate should do about vacant Supreme Court seat

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) -- The process for the Senate to vet and vote on a nominee for the Supreme Court typically takes 70 days.

With the election 45 days away, can a nominee make it through the process in time?

"It is feasible because the Republicans control all aspects of this. They're making the nomination, they control the Jucidiary Committee, and they control the floor to debate in the Senate," PFW political science professor Michael Wolf said.

Four years ago, Republicans blocked President Obama's Supreme Court nominee, saying it was not appropriate to confirm him seven months away from the election.

The court resumes its calendar in October, and Wolf says there is some merit to the argument that nine justices should be sitting on the high court in case they need to decide the outcome of the presidential election.

"Were we in a Bush/Gore-type situation where the Supreme Court would make a definitive decision on counting ballots or how to kind of deal with any Constitutional questions that would arise, the issue is that a full court would have a tie-breaking vote," he says.

Four years ago, republicans blocked President Obama's Supreme Court nominee, saying it was not appropriate to confirm him seven months away from the election.

People we spoke with remembered that.

"They didn't do it before. I don't know how many years ago it was, but the last time. And the GOP's the one that didn't want it to go through the last time. So I don't think they should do it this time," Carole Baxter said.

"When Obama was in, they would not allow him to fill the seat. I don't care who is the majority, they need to follow through with what they agreed to do some years ago," Frances Milan added.

President Trump said he would wait to announce his nominee until after Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg's funeral.

Corinne Rose

Corinne Rose is a reporter for WPTA.

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