Journalism and Mass Communications, College of


Date of this Version

Fall 12-2011

Document Type

News Article


Unpublished white paper, June 2017.


Copyright (c) 2017 Justin Swanson.


Across the country there exists a patchwork of legal systems by which judges are appointed retained. In some states, like Illinois, it is a fully political process where judges actively campaign for election to the bench. But a majority of states, including Nebraska, have adopted the Merit Selection System, which attempts to remove politics from these processes. Nevertheless, politics can enter into the retention votes. And when they do, it can be extremely difficult for judges to overcome.