Should we elect our judges in Texas?

Last year, a commission formed under Greg Abbott conducted a study to determine whether Texas should keep its practice of electing judges. Texas has a bipartisan election cycle for its judges. Some judges and legislators have argued that the electorate is not well informed as to the qualifications of those running for judge and have sought to take away the ability to elect judges. Others have argued that we need to have a process to allow the constituents to choose their judges and to provide a mechanism to replace judges who are underperforming. Neither appointment nor election of judges will keep politics out of our judicial system. However, allowing constituents to have a say in who sits on the bench in their community is preferable to many who have studied the situation. It is important for voters to have the ability to learn about those who will affect their lives and those they care about and then to vote their conscience accordingly.

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