Advantages And Disadvantages Of Partisan Elections

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The second type of the election method is partisan elections. In these elections, candidates are listed on a ballot and are voted on in a primary election. Then, following the primary candidates listed on a ballot in a general election. However, unlike nonpartisan elections, partisan elections include the party affiliation for those running (“Judicial Selection: The Process of Choosing Judges”, 2008, p. 6).
Just as appointment had certain benefits and negatives, likewise, so does election. Each of these can be examined to better understand the selection process when a state uses election.
Positives of Election
There are many benefits to election. A few of the positives to using the election method to select judges are: a federal system is maintained, it helps our country be united by requiring the nominee to be favored by the majority and there are statistics to back up this method.
First, maintaining a federal
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Negatives of Election Some of the negative aspects that accompany the election method are: elections can resemble political campaigns, campaigns may lead to corruption and competitive elections breed a demand for money. First, because elections can resemble political campaigns, they are often accused of being a popularity contest. Voters may opt for a candidate that is charismatic, good-looking or well-spoken, rather than a candidate that is actually qualified for the position. Also, voters may not always be able to discern which candidate would actually be the better judge. In the end, a voter may vote for the best politician and not the best judge (Brown). Due to the popularity contest stigma, prospective candidates who are actually qualified may feel discouraged from running for office for fear of public critique. Specifically in regards to lawyers who work in private practice, public critique may not appeal to them in their current state (Glaser,

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