Philly judicial candidates rely on random luck on ballot lottery

“It’s like throwing darts wearing a blindfold trying to hit justice.

“The sad thing is that ballot order matters most when people know least about the candidates,” Thornburgh said. “It’s what we call low-information voting.”

The problem extends to Philadelphia’s Municipal Court, where 26 candidates have filed to fill three vacancies. Every one of them also filed as candidates for Common Pleas Court.

That’s the game here. Candidates file for both courts, hoping for a good pull in the ballot lotteries. If they get a great ballot position for one, they drop out of the other race.

It’s like buying a Powerball ticket and a Mega Millions ticket at the same time. If one doesn’t make you rich, maybe the other will hold more luck.”