Why You Should Care About Judicial Races

Which Judge Should I Vote For?

We might know more than we want to know about the Presidential candidates, everything from their emails to private conversations caught on tape.

The controversies could help you decide who you're voting for. But how much research have you done on judges?

Not much? You're not alone.

According to chooseyourjudges.org, 80% of voters can't even identify a candidate for Judicial office. How do you decide when you know virtually nothing about them?

READ: Know the Judges in this year's election

WFMY News 2 talked to two people who said they'll pick a judge based on their name and whether it sounds "judgey."

We asked people outside a Triad polling location about voting for judges.

"I usually try to research all of the candidates that are going into an election before I actually go and vote,” said one voter.

“If there's a party affiliation, I'll vote with the party and when not, I honestly didn't vote for those because I didn't want to cast my vote for someone I didn't know anything about it,” added another voter.

One woman said “I research every candidate and then certain bonds that were up for voting on.”

“Some of them I didn't vote for at all because I didn't want to cast for somebody who I totally disagreed with so if I didn't know about it, I didn't vote for them,” said another woman.

Let's be honest, voting for a judge might feel boring. Rarely will you see an attack ad and controversies are few and far between.

So why should you care?

Consider this: when you stand in the booth, you're determining what type of judge will take the bench. Maybe you'll elect one who goes light on criminals, maybe you'll pick one who wants to lock them up and throw away the key. Judges have that kind of power.

Depending on the court, judges also have the power to rule on civil rights and constitutional issues.

To see a full list of the judges in this year’s local campaigns, click here.

Copyright 2016 WFMY


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