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No flippin' idea on judges

Published November 8, 2012 1:01 am

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2012, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

On Tuesday, things went smoothly in my voting booth. Except when I came to voting about retaining those damn judges. I had no flipping idea how to vote.

It's more than silly to expect voters to decide matters on which they have no competence, like knowing whether a judge is doing a good job. It's bad democracy.

Voters should make political decisions, like electing politicians to represent them. They shouldn't make administrative decisions, like hiring chief of staffs, or professional decisions, like determining the scientific validity of climate change.

Retaining judges should not be a political decision, so it should be tasked to a nonpartisan board of legal professionals who know about these things.

It's just wrong to have uninformed voters checking yea or nay for people they know nothing about.

I like that our judges don't serve for life, that they come up for periodic review and renewal. But that process should be done by people who know about judicial matters, and that's definitely not the average voter.

Joel Jacobson

Salt Lake City