Oregon Law Review : Vol. 87 No. 3, p.867-906 : One Hundred Fifty Years of Electing Judges in Oregon: Will There Be Fifty More?
Part I of this Article examines Oregonians’ original decision to select judges by direct competitive elections. Part II outlines criticisms of that decision and describes attempts to reform or reverse it. Part III recounts the history of direct competitive judicial elections in Oregon. In the last Part, this Article suggests two modest reforms that are consistent with the rationale for Oregonians’ original choice yet address some of the criticisms of that choice.