Judicial Selection in Texas: A Gathering Storm?
Johnson, Orrin W.
Urbis, Laura Johnson
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In 1991, the United States Supreme Court handed down two landmark decisions, which determined that state judicial elections fall within the coverage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended. The act prohibits voting procedures that result in a denial or abridgement of the right to vote because of race or color. Impelled by these decisions, a number of states, which utilize the elective system of judicial selection, including Texas, now face an immediate need to change their election systems in order to assure compliance with the requirements of the Act. This article will look at some of the anticipated problems and possible solutions that will go along with this change in voting systems.