When the Associated Press took a look at an unusual twist in local Illinois judicial elections, it quoted Justice at Stake characterizing the saga as an extension of politics.
Three St. Clair County judges plan to quit their jobs later this year in order to run now for partisan election, rather than retention (up-or-down) election, with the latter requiring 60 percent of the vote to prevail rather than a simple majority (see Gavel Grab for background).
“If you’re a judge in a political system, you find a way to play within the system,” said Debra Erenberg, JAS director of state affairs. “They have found a loophole.”
The AP said the southern Illinois judges’ political maneuver “is drawing attention due to skyrocketing campaign costs and the undue influence that money might have.”