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The Selection of Judges in Texas: Analysis of the Current System and of the Principal Reform Options

Mark P. Jones

The Selection of Judges in Texas: Analysis of the Current System and of the Principal Reform Options.

During the 85th Legislative Session, Texas lawmakers have the opportunity to enact reforms to the current process by which the state selects its judges—in partisan elections in combination with a straight-ticket voting option. Political science fellow Mark P. Jones analyzes four reform options and their respective advantages and disadvantages.