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Retention Elections Explained
What Does It Mean to Vote Retain?
A vote to "retain" means you would like to see this judge remain on the bench, while a vote to "replace " means you no longer wish this judge to remain on the bench. Any judge who is not retained will be replaced through an appointment process. The Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission recommends that all of the appellate judges currently on the bench be retained on August 7, 2014. The Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission is a group selected by both the Speaker of the Senate and Speaker of the House, to evaluate each judge's performance, including whether each judge has performed his or her job in an unbiased and non-political manner.
Why is the Appointment/Retention System Important to the Judicial System?
All of the appellate judges that will be on the August 2014 ballot were originally appointed by the Governor on each candidate’s experience and qualifications. The Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission reviewed all of those appointments. That Commission recommends retention of all of the judges on the ballot .
It is important that judges be neutral, review each case on the merits, and make decisions based on the law. It is equally important that those decisions not be swayed or influenced by the political will or whims of the day. Maintaining a system whereby judges are appointed based on the judge’s qualifications and past experience is important to maintaining a fair and impartial judiciary.
View the ballot for the August 7th election.
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