Argument: Elections make judges more democratically accountable
David Dewold. "Electing judges keeps them accountable." Seattle PI. November 3, 2006: "Judicial races are not just beauty contests. The reason our state constitution provides for the election of judges is not because the voters are more skilled than the governor at evaluating resumes, but because judges should be accountable to the people through the electoral process for their fidelity to the rule of law."
"Merit selection of judges is not the way to go". Central La Politics. September 23, 2008: "Federal judges, however, who are appointed, are often criticized for being out of touch with the concerns of lawyers or the people they are deciding important issues in their lives. Some are accussed of being downright dictatorial."