FACT Report: May 21, 2014

What Will The August Judicial Elections Mean? (May 21, 2014)

In November, Tennesseans will vote on Amendment 2 to the state’s constitution. It would establish a process whereby judges would be appointed to the state’s Supreme Court who would thereafter be subject only to yes-no retention elections. However, in August voters will have to decide whether to retain or reject the judges currently on the state’s Supreme Court.

By November, voters who want more judicial accountability will have to decide if retention elections can provide that accountability. Lt Governor Ron Ramsey is leading an effort to reject our current Supreme Court justices for being soft on crime, saying that such efforts show that retention elections can be real.

Whether real or not, the best way for voters to let our politicians know they want more judicial accountability may be decided based on how they vote on these judges in August.

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Read David’s related commentary, The “New” Haslam-Ramsey Campaign.

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