Motion graphic: How U.S. Supreme Court justices are appointed

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This explanatory graphic about the appointment process for the U.S. Supreme Court highlights one of the most contentious issues in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. That is, which party will get to nominate the replacement for Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in February, 2016, as well as other vacancies that may arise.

The graphic was created by Michigan State University journalism student Catherine Ferland. This is one of several videos being published by the MSU MI First Election project in the 10 days leading up to the 2016 election.

You can find the others here:

Understanding who can and cannot vote

Understanding absentee voting

Understanding political polls

Understanding red states, blue states and purple states

Understanding how proposals get on the ballot

Understanding how much it costs to win an election

Understanding gerrymandering

Understanding the Electoral College

Understanding the electoral vs. popular vote

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