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December 20, 2011

This article discusses open seat state supreme court elections and finds that the outcomes of such elections are determined by candidate characteristics, the electoral context, the value of the seat, and institutional arrangements.

  • Judicial Election

    Judges are elected by popular vote.
  • Democratic Appointment

    Judges are appointed directly by a democratic body, or appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of some democratic body.