This note will examine the problems that the election of state judges creates, as well as the inadequacies of the current model of merit selection. I propose that Ohio should adopt an appointive method of selecting judges, which will utilize a judicial eligibility commission as outlined by the American Bar Association similar to the nominating commissions commonly found in merit selection plans but which will do away with the commonly found retention election. Ohio needs to change the manner in which state judges are selected in order to bring confidence in the state judiciary, and to ensure that the most qualified individuals sit on the bench in Ohio.
Note, Had Enough in Ohio - Time to Reform Ohio's Judicial Selection Process, 51 Clev. St. L. Rev. 123 (2004)