This year, more than 195 million people – over 60 percent of the U.S. population – lived in a community with a federal courtroom vacancy. This crisis affects all citizens because it creates a backlog of cases that undermines our system of justice and makes it difficult for most Americans to have their case heard in a timely manner.
The following map details currently vacant judicial seats. It is time for Senators to come together to end obstruction for obstruction's sake, confirm qualified judicial nominees, and ensure that all Americans -- not just the privileged few -- have access to their courts.
* As of May 1, 2013