There are several examples. Louisiana uses a nonpartisan blanket primary where everyone is on the ballot and the top two finishers meet in a runoff election. Some states, such as Nebraska, use a nonpartisan primary for its legislature but not for other offices.
Last year, eight elected officials (Bibb County’s solicitor-general, probate judge, district attorney, sheriff, superior court clerk, civil court judge and tax commissioner) asked for local legislation to make their offices nonpartisan. There is no need for any of those positions to be partisan. The sheriff has to arrest Republicans and Democrats. The tax commissioner doesn’t collect money based on party affiliation, and certainly, judges could care less about party when handing down sentences.
So why do we do it? Why do we have party affiliation attached to the above positions and school board seats? In fact, for local positions is there ever a need to be partisan? We think not.