Flip it over and VOTE!

flip-overOn the back side of your ballot, there is a very important issue judges.
Iowa has “a judicial retention election” system. Judges stand for retention election near the end of their term of office. In a retention election , judges do not have opponents. Instead, voters decide whether or not to retain a judge in office. If a judge receives a simple majority of “yes” votes, they serve another full term. First term Judges also face a retention vote.
There are some political groups attempting to bring politics into our judicial system. “Justice not Politics” is a coalition that is working to keep politics out of the courts. “Iowa’s merit selection and retention process keeps politics and campaign money out of our courts, safeguarding its fairness and impartiality,” states the” Justice not Politics” web page. “Justice not Politics” represents thousands of Iowans who believe the courts should be free from political and financial influence, that it is in everyone’s best interests to have courts in Iowa remain fair and impartial.
In a thesis written by Florida First District Court of Appeals Judge, Peter Webster, on “Selection and retention of judges, is there one best method” he stated, “…judges are not politicians – they are charged with interpreting the law, not making it. Moreover, judges do not and should not have a constituency. They do not represent anyone. Rather , they represent the law.”
Flipping over your ballot, and voting YES for the judges, will be a big step in keeping politics out of the courts.

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