discussion on another thread got me to thinking about this. Even though I'm a lawyer, I did not cast a vote on probably 75% of the local judicial elections. I don't feel comfortable voting against someone where I don't know anything about either candidate. With a brother in the Texas House, I think I have an appreciation for people who are willing to put themselves through an election, and feel they deserve a fair shake. And while we can generally presume a lot of characteristics for legislative candidates by party, it really doesn't mean much for most of the cases that judges preside over, though that varies a lot on the court.
400,000+ voted on a contested probate court election in Dallas County. As I said in the other thread, I doubt more than 1500 or so know anything about the candidates. Political party is just about irrelevant in probate court, but that didn't stop just about everyone from voting on it. Out of 427, 530 voters, 400,546 voted on that race- about 94% of voters.
On the other hand, with so many straight ticket voters (looks like 75% of Ds voted straight ticket and over half of Rs but can't be sure about those #s), do you feel inclined to try to combat that by doing the same thing, qualifications/knowledge about the race be damned?