by Mary Beth Schluckebier
Every Election Day, big or small, is extraordinary — energized by the patriots of the past and the possibility of change for tomorrow. It is an opportunity to exercise what is, for many of us, the hard-earned right to vote. It’s a day for dissenters to secure their right to complain for the term to come, and for Americans everywhere to don their red, white, and blue stickers in proud proclamation of completing their civic duty. The magnitude of the day is never lost on me.
This Election Day, however, is also a perfect opportunity to share why, as a threshold matter, we should not be voting for judges. Pennsylvania is only one of a handful of states where judges are elected. At both the trial and appellate level, candidates run for a 10-year term via partisan races. Inevitably, the judicial selection process is fueled by money, most of which comes from lawyers, unions, and businesses likely to have cases before the judge, especially at the state Supreme Court level.
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