“There’s no exemptions for when a vacancy could tip the balance of the court”, he said. I’m not a senator. Here are five ways Scalia’s death is complicating the 2016 election.The New York Times reports that since 1900, the Senate has voted on eight Supreme Court nominees during an election year. “Our role in the Senate is to evaluate the nominee’s temperament, intellect, experience, integrity and respect for the Constitution and the rule of law”. Obama pledges a nomination “in due time”. His Democratic allies made it clear that denying the president that right would be an unprecedented step and argued it would enshrine the GOP as “the most nakedly partisan, obstructionist and irresponsible majority in history”.To follow Sen. McConnell’s course would be a politicalization of the Constitution that would tarnish the unique reputation left by Justice Scalia.”We are in the midst of a presidential election and a vigorous debate within both political parties on the direction of the country, with the election less than nine months away”, Portman said.