Judicial Retention: Utah’s Forgotten Elections

Folks, for those of you (like me) who haven’t yet voted, either because you want to stick it out to the bitter end or you just like going to the polls on election day, let me raise an important issue that gets almost no publicity — judicial retention. In Utah, our judges are appointed to their positions.  But to remain in their positions, they must be re-elected in periodic, unopposed retention elections. It’s in the Utah Constitution: Article VIII, Section 9.   [Judicial retention elections.] Each appointee to a court of record…