What Does WI Election Say About The Judiciary?
Whatever yesterday's vote around a state supreme court judgeship in Wisconsin says about any absolute, Constitutionally-derived notion of justice in the courts when it comes to political decisions, it may not be very good. The concept of judge shopping may have hit an all time high. If this election is ultimately instrumental in forming Wisconsin's legislative approach in dealing with public sector employee unions, it will also have been decided by a much smaller percentage of voters than were the elections of Walker and the current legislature.
Approximately fifty-percent of Wisconsin voters turned out back in November of 2010, when Walker was elected.
Authorities expected a 20% turn out yesterday; turnout reportedly topped 33%. Prosser beat Kloppenberg handily, 55% – 28%, in a non-partisan primary. Despite the thinking, it's actually undeclared precisely how either candidate might ultimately rule on Wisconsin's controversial legislation, assuming it gets to the state's high court. However, if it does and things play out as many seem to expect, one, or another special interest will have bought itself a judge.
MADISON, Wis. – Even though there seems to be extra interest in the upcoming state Supreme Court race, the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board is predicting a typical level of voter turnout. The GAB says it expects 20 percent of eligible voters to cast a ballot next week.