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Keep your right to vote for judges

April 5, 2013

To the editor: You may be interested to learn about a piece of anti-democratic legislation making its way through the State Senate and House....

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Apr-06-13 9:56 AM

A couple key points on the judge elections in MN: 1) not many other states do elect judges in the manner we do, most are appointed because there is NO source of info for a voter to become educated on a particular judge. 2) The judge candidates that are on the ballot, currently, are recommended by a commission of their peers - lawyers (public & private), current judges, legal experts. Most times, these recommendations are just transferred through the legislators to the ballot. They are proposing to continue this - they will be appointed by the legislators, but recommended by experts in the field of law - from all different sectors. Saves money and hassle for something that isn't effective already and what most states have done away with already.

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Apr-05-13 7:50 PM

A rare bipartisan set of bills, authored in 2011 by 6 Republicans and 6 Democrats in the House, and recently by 2 of each party in the Senate.

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Apr-05-13 6:45 PM

Right now judges are appointed to judgeships which I think is appropriate because they are thoroughly vetted. As I understand it, when we vote in elections for judges, their opponents are oftentimes unknowns and who knows what is in their background. I have a hard time voting for any judge other than the incumbent judge for that reason.

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