Pennsylvania Judicial Races

Head shots of Michael Berkman and Candis Watts Smith
The McCourtney Institute

The Presidential election is about a month away. Mail-in ballots, whether people will trust the election results, and the role of local politics are a few of the issues factoring into the race. WPSU's Anne Danahy spoke about those topics and more with Michael Berkman and Candis Watts Smith from The McCourtney Institute for Democracy at Penn State. 

The Pennsylvania Judicial Center
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On Tuesday, Pennsylvanians will elect seven judges to statewide appellate courts — one justice to the Supreme Court; two members of Commonwealth Court, which hears cases involving government policy; and four judges to Superior Court, which hears appeals in criminal and civil cases.

Franklin & Marshall College political analyst Terry Madonna said the judicial seats are important, since they affect lives, and the winners can generally stay there as long as they want.