Most people don’t think about judicial elections until they find themselves staring at a group of unfamiliar names on the ballot. But judges are selected by voters in 39 states, whether in an initial election or a retention election after being appointed. The explainer below details how special-interest money has increasingly flooded the system over the last several decades—including the first ever set of data on campaign money in lower court races.
October 28, 2014
How Dark Money Is Taking Over Judicial Elections
Secretive partisan groups are spending millions to elect their favorite state judges. Can you still get a fair hearing?