The 2008 election campaigns are in full force in North Carolina. The airwaves abound with advertisements for President, Governor, United States Senate, and various other state offices. Amidst all of the media attention devoted to these important executive and legislative positions, it is easy to forget about the third branch in our state democratic system—the judiciary. Unlike their federal counterparts on the United States Supreme Court, who are nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate, North Carolina Supreme Court Justices are elected. On November 4, 2008, North Carolina voters will elect one Justice to an eight year term on the North Carolina Supreme Court. Moreover, because North Carolina Supreme Court elections became non-partisan in 2002, North Carolina voters will elect the next state supreme court Justice without political party affi liations of the judicial candidates on the ballot.