Election of judges: Does the election of judges fit with the idea of a meritocracy?

  • Yes, we have a right balance for judicial accountability

    I think we have the right balance for judicial accountability that serves democracy as well as meritocracy in the United States. Lower level judges who make decisions that impact the community on a greater scale are elected based on their appeal and their actions, while higher level federal judges are appointed for the same reasons.

  • No, the public is uninformed.

    No, the election of judges does not fit within the idea of a meritocracy, because the public is too uninformed to do a good job selecting judges. People often vote for the person who says the best things during the campaign, even though this is far from a good indicator as to whether the person will be a competent judge.

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