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Monday, November 03, 2014

Ind. Courts - "How many ways do we elect judges?" in Allen County

A section from an article yesterday in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette by Andrew Downs:

How many ways do we elect judges?

Should judges be appointed or elected? If they are appointed, who should appoint them? If they are elected, should the candidates run in partisan or non-partisan elections? These are fun questions to debate, and in Indiana it appears that we have decided to embrace as many methods for selecting judges as we can. This election, voters in Allen County will see three of the ways judges get, and keep, their jobs in Indiana.

The race for judge of the circuit court is a partisan race. There is only one candidate, but there is a party label by his name. The races for superior court judges are nonpartisan, and only one of them is competitive. To add a layer of complexity to our understanding of judicial elections, the candidates for superior court in Allen County may spend only $10,000 on their campaigns. This is the only race for judge in Indiana with this sort of limit.

This election we also will be voting whether to retain certain judges of the Indiana Supreme Court and Indiana Court of Appeals. Unlike the races for circuit and superior court where voters may see more than one person running for the office, voters will see only the names of some of the current judges on the ballot and the voters will be asked whether those judges should be retained for another term. A more thorough search may find one, but a quick look through history is unlikely to find a single judge who failed to be retained.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on November 3, 2014 09:30 AM
Posted to Indiana Courts