There are 4 ways state court judges are selected. In some states judges are elected by popular vote.
*WHAT ARE THE ARGUMENTS FOR AND AGAINST SELECTING JUDGES BY ELECTION? WICH OF THE FOUR METHODS OF SELECTING STATE JUDGES DO YOU FAVOR?
To me, the idea of electing judges is really a very bad one. I think that it is really important to have a judiciary that is completely independent so that it can make its decisions based on law.
When officials are elected by popular vote, they tend to want to do what the people tell them to do. This is fine, but you cannot have a true democracy if the majority is free to do whatever it wants. If the majority is going to infringe on the rights of a minority (whether it be a racial minority or a religious one or a political one), there has to be some mechanism to slow them down by acting in a way that the majority does not like.
True democracy needs to have elected officials, but it also needs someone to restrain the majority when it starts to do things that are antidemocratic.