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Leading authorities on judicial elections present the latest cutting edge research on state judicial elections, and how they operate in relation to their past. Starting with an overview of contemporary judicial elections and the issues currently characterizing the debate about how best to select judges, the book turns to recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings and their effects on the conduct of judicial elections. Elections to state intermediate courts and state trial courts are examined, as are retention elections, ballot roll off, electoral margins, and organized efforts to oust judges. Some of the most important aspects of American politics are also examined, including citizens’ perceptions of the legitimacy of judges and courts, the diversity of the state court bench, and the decisions of judges on some of the most important issues of the day.