In the middle of a bitter election campaign that reflects an increasingly divided America, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death late last week sparked yet another partisan conflict.

Only six weeks before the election, Democrats and Republicans in the Senate are now struggling over just when and by whom a new justice should be nominated and confirmed. And while the politics of the moment may be messy and unpredictable, legal scholar Caren Morrison of Georgia State University writes that the process for Supreme Court nominations and confirmations is orderly and established.

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