“When you put a partisan label on a judicial candidate, it creates a hope, perhaps with people who share that judge’s party or a fear for people who don’t aren’t in that judge’s party, that the judge is going to be toeing a partisan line,” a candidate for North Carolina Supreme Court said.

      Related StoriesBench Report: Why These Judges Are Worried About Confirmation Hearings – EnclosureBench Report: Harvard & Yale Still Dominate as Biden Diversifies the Judiciary + The Political Questions Doctrine in Lower Courts – EnclosureBench Report: Biden’s Focus on DC Circuit Nominations + Fixing Judicial Succession – Enclosure