Voter Education Protects Kansas Courts in Partisan Warfare

Elections blur the public persona of judges and politicians. Teaching voters that judges are meant to be indifferent to popularity, unlike politicians, is an especially challenging task when dark money is actively seeking to decrease public confidence in the judiciary. Having used the Informed Voters Project’s resources during her recent awareness sessions, Kansas Court of Appeals Chief Judge Karen Arnold-Burger found that “being able to demonstrate that this was a national problem recognized by a neutral, non-partisan organization, allowed justices to highlight that the defense against the attacks was not supreme court justices trying to save their jobs but something bigger.”