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22 In 1940, Missouri became the first state to adopt a 21 Larry C. ), Judicial Politics: Readings from Judicature (Chicago: American Judicature Society, 1992), p. 58. 22 Albert M. Kales was director of research for and one of the founders of the American Judicature Society. " The commission would be composed in part of "high judicial officers" and in part of laypersons. If a further check was needed, the legislature could confirm the appointee. After a period of time, the reappointment could be made by going through the same screening and appointment process again or the appointee would run on his or her record in an uncontested election.

Through each subsequent survey we perfected our survey instrument, expanded our universe to include candidates for judicial election and appointment, and in one election we included judicial election campaign managers. We were struck with the wide variety of views and perspectives represented in these campaigns, among these candidates, and among voter reactions. All of these observations were recorded in the nonpartisan election systems of Oregon and Washington, however, hence limiting the extent to which findings noted here can be more broadly generalized.

78," in The Federalist Papers (New York: Mentor Books, 1961), p. 469. 5 They are suggesting that those concerned with selection reform may be mistaken in searching for a system of selected judges that would fit all states and jurisdictions. Certainly, if a community's culture is reflected in some way in its court system, likely this reflection is at least partially formed during the judicial recruitment process, affecting it significantly from beginning to end. The successes of appointment of judges in one jurisdiction need not be similarly successful in another appointment system.

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