Reader Poll: Should PA Have Judicial Elections?
Yet in 39 states, including Pennsylvania, at least some judges are chosen through elections.
In fact, PA is one of only seven states that subject their Supreme Court Justices to partisan contests.
Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor has led a crusade against this practice for years and John Oliver recently dedicated a lengthy segment of his HBO program Last Week Tonight to the issue (with a cameo from ex-Philadelphia Traffic Court Judge Willie Singletary).
The appointment process hasn’t been flawless either, with one of Gov. Wolf’s choices being forced to withdraw. Now it appears the State Supreme Court will have two empty seats for the rest of the year.
In a way, though, the judicial elections act as an out for the Governor and the legislature to avoid a lengthy and contentious confirmation process, leaving the state’s highest court underrepresented for months.
So, dear readers, we leave the question up to you.
Should Pennsylvania’s judges be appointed or elected?
- Appointed (52%)
- Elected (48%)