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Protesters demand McConnell allow vote on Supreme Court nominee

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Protesters are calling on Senator Mitch McConnell to allow a fair vote for Supreme Court nominations.

A handful of  the demonstrators held signs reading "Allow a Vote" and "Do your Job" during a rally outside Senator McConnell's Louisville office on Broadway Friday afternoon. 

As Senate Majority Leader they are demanding McConnell respect the Constitution and allow a vote for any Supreme Court Nominee that President Obama puts forward. 

Protesters like Keith Rouda say it's not a Republican versus Democrat issue, but rather respecting the Constitution.

"Republicans can vote yes or no to whoever the eventual nominee is, but everybody in the Senate should have that opportunity to cast their vote rather than blocking the process and just obstructing," said Rouda. 

In an op/ed piece that appeared in today's edition of The Washington Post, McConnell responded to critics, arguing that their selection of the next president should be used to determine who should succeed Scalia.

"The American people have a particular opportunity now to make their voice heard in the selection of Scalia’s successor as they participate in the process to select their next president -- as they decide who they trust to both lead the country and nominate the next Supreme Court justice," McConnell wrote. "How often does someone from Ashland, Ky., or Zearing, Iowa, get to have such impact?"

The protesters delivered 500,000 signatures they collected online to McConnell's Louisville office. The issue came about after Justice Antonin Scalia passed away last weekend, leaving an open seat on the Supreme Court. 

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