MN Braces for Changes in Judicial Elections


Minnesota is bracing for more overtly political judicial elections after an appeals court ruled last week that state judges and judicial candidates can declare political affiliations and seek campaign contributions. The U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down longstanding Minnesota rules, reports the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Thirty-three states have some form of elections for appeal and trial judges, and 15 have at least some partisan elections, according to the appeals court. Most states prohibit candidates from personally soliciting campaign contributions, although parties or interest groups raise the money on behalf of the judges.


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