In "To Kill a Mockingbird", why does Maycomb County re-elect Atticus every year?

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Susan Hurn | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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In addition to be so well respected, Atticus has deep family roots in Maycomb County. In Scout's recitation of family history in the novel's first chapter, she tells of their ancestor, Simon Finch, who settled Finch's Landing well before the Civil War, so far before the Civil War in the 1860s that Simon didn't live to see it. The Finch family has been in Maycomb County before there was a Maycomb County. Scout says that Atticus was "Maycomb County born and bred." He knew "his people" very well, she says, and "they knew him." Scout also points out that "Atticus was related by blood or marriage to nearly every family in the town."

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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As a man of integrity without prejudice, Atticus Finch is respected.  A mature, rational man, he is what the highly emotional people of Maycomb need.  His demeanor in the courtroom exemplies his fairness, tact, and understanding; he is one of the few people in the town who can handle both black and white citizens fairly.  In fact, Atticus is probably the only man in town who can defend Tom Robinson on the basis of justice alone, not allowing anything about Tom to prejudice him.

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lacibabyy00 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 2) Honors

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tticus is a great lawyer therefore, gets elected every year.

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tonto | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

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Because the town knows that Atticus is smart and he is a great lawyer so they re elect them.

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