This excerpt is from a piece that originally ran on October 27, 2022.
While many have celebrated the historic appointments of Black and other people of color to the federal bench, state and local courts still have a way to go. In several states, judges are directly elected by voters.
According to Ballotpedia, more than 80 state supreme court seats are up for grabs this election cycle in states like Michigan and North Carolina, along with intermediate appellate court positions. As the Alliance for Justice notes, state courts hear over 100 million cases each year.