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Sedgwick County judges picked by just 12 percent of voters

No Democrats filed for any judicial races in Sedgwick County in 2016 – unsurprisingly, as Republicans have tended to win these contests for years. But this political reality continues to empower a select few – Republican primary voters – to pick the judges who serve everybody in Sedgwick County. So although the county has 281,027 registered voters, just 12 percent of them settled the four contested judicial races – the 34,786 of the county’s 111,601 registered Republicans who voted in the primary. Is this really the fairest and best way to decide who sits on the District Court? – Rhonda Holman