Iowa’s merit selection and retention process keeps politics and campaign money out of our courts, safeguarding its fairness and impartiality. Iowa courts have a long history of protecting average citizens, and the retention of Iowa judges should be based on their ability to uphold the law fairly and consistently – not on the outcome of a single decision.
In the 2010 election, three Iowa Supreme Court Justices faced an unprecedented retention vote challenge and unfortunately, were not retained. With close to $1 million in out of state funding from extremist groups, Bob Vander Plaats and his organization Iowa for Freedom successfully injected fear tactics into the judicial retention election and skewed the public perception of the role of the judiciary.
Unfortunately, the fight for the judiciary is not over. Some state legislators and special interest groups continue to target our non-partisan and fair courts to influence the judicial process in Iowa.