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What to look for on Smart Talk, Monday, October 21, 2013:
Pennsylvanians will be electing a Superior Court judge on November 5th. Voters will choose between Democrat Jack McVay Jr. and Republican Victor Stabile.
Under state law, judicial candidates can not campaign in the traditional sense. Candidates for the bench may not make promises or pledges. So how are voters to make informed decisions?
Pennsylvania is one of only a handful of states where judges are elected rather than appointed.
Many government reformers would like to see that changed. They say merit selection would ensure that only the most qualified, fair, and impartial become judges.
Opponents to merit selection say any appointment based system could be more political than making candidates win elections.
Lynn Marks, the executive director of the group Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts will appear on Monday's Smart Talk program to discuss reforms she believes are needed.
Do you think Pennsylvania should continue to elect judges or would you like to a merit selection of judges?
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