Removing Politics from State Judicial Selection

. . . Through Politics

Garreth A. DeVoe
Currently, six states provide for selection of all of their state court judges exclusively by partisan election.

Currently, six states provide for selection of all of their state court judges exclusively by partisan election.

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While federal courts may determine wide-ranging constitutional issues and receive the most press attention, 95 percent of all cases in the United States are filed in state courts. State courts address significant legal issues (e.g., striking abortion laws, revising congressional district maps that have been gerrymandered, etc.). State court judges’ roles include the fair application of laws, but fairness may come into question when considering how state court judges are selected.

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