Without a doubt, the biggest influencer of judicial elections is the Philadelphia Democratic Party. Each cycle, the leadership of the party meets to endorse a diverse slate of candidates. The ground troops of the party, known as committee people, will often stand at polling places throughout the city handing voters sample ballots with the official endorsed slate.

Many people who trust their committee people often cast their votes based on that slate. But not all polling places have a committee person who hands out sample ballots on election day. And newer voters may not know their committee person and have no reason to vote the way the committee person recommends.