Editorial Board

Stop Electing Judges

Judicial elections endanger the impartiality of the courts and undermine public confidence in the justice system.

Take down the signs. The party's over.

Photographer: Bruce Gifford via Getty Images

 Almost all candidates for public office have one thing in common: They have to be very good at asking people for money. Except if they happen to be running for judge in Florida, where judicial candidates are prohibited from personally soliciting contributions. They can, however, have surrogates ask -- and they are allowed to send personal thank-you notes to those who donate.

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