Virginia Can’t Fill Two State Supreme Court Seats

The Commonwealth of Virginia has achieved the seemingly impossible task of creating a judicial selection system that is even more dysfunctional than the broken U.S. Senate. Under Virginia law, the state legislature must select new judges, but control of the Virginia House and Senate is split for the first time since reconstruction. As a result, only five of the state’s seven supreme court seats are filled, with no end to the stalemate in sight.