Problemsthat occur when citizens elect judges in partisan elections includescampaign contribution, lack of minority representation on the bench,perceptions of fairness, and lack of knowledge on the part of thevoters. Texas is one of the nations that use this method. However,most of its citizens think it is an inefficient way of selectingjudges. For instance, the former chief justice of supreme court ofTexas Wallace Jefferson disavows the age-old practice repetitively inthe Houston Chronicles that he penned in 2009 (Cohen,n.p).In fact, Texas has many problems with the judicial system.
Firstly,campaign contribution messes up judicial system. Most judges do notface opposition in the elections hence, they easily earn a place onthe bench. According to Cohen(n.p),justice should be open, however, that fiction is not easy to attainwhen lawyers contribute much money to the election campaign for theirpreferred judges. However, in states where judicial elections arepartisan, it is common for the judges to collect millions of dollarsin a campaign contribution. Disbelievingly, lawyers with cases beforethe judges give the highest contributions. Lack of minorityrepresentation on the bench is another problem of partisan election.Minorities and women are significantly underrepresented as judgescompared to the general population. According to the president of theMarion County Chapter of the NAAP, Loretta Jenkins, there arequalified minority candidates, but unfortunately, they are notconsidered for a vacant position (Griffithsn.p).Another issue facing partisan election is perceptions of fairness.The quality of election is affected by whether or not a judge belongsto voter’s community. A voter who prefers a candidate based on theparty with greater support is suspicious of the election integrity.Finally, lack of knowledge on the part of the voters is a challengeto the partisan election. In most cases, there are insufficient partylabels, which make it complex for gain knowledge about the aspiringknowledge. Recent research shows that partisan labels helpindependent voters to vote candidates who match their interests(Griffithsn.p).
Cohen,Andrew. "An Elected Judge Speaks Out Against JudicialElections." TheAtlantic.Atlantic Media Company, 3 Sept. 2013. Web. 28 Sept. 2016.
Griffiths,Shawn M. "Partisan Elections: Not All Voters Are Created Equal -IVN.us." IVNus.Ivn.us, 17 Feb. 2015. Web. 28 Sept. 2016.