LWVO strongly opposes Senate bill 80/House Bill 149, which would require certain judicial candidates to appear on the ballot with a party designation. These bills are rapidly moving through the General Assembly and we need you to act today
Proponents of this bill argue that a party affiliation would help voters choose a judge at the ballot box. While much work remains to be done on educating the public about judicial candidates/races, this is not the way to do it!
In states where such policies have been enacted, studies have shown that the independence and integrity of courts were threatened. Across the country, partisan judicial races have led to significantly higher campaign contributions and increased partisanship among judges. Increased campaign contributions in judicial races affect case outcomes; judges with big donors feel pressure to please those donors and avoid politicized attacks rather than solely decide cases based on their understanding of the facts and the law.
TAKE ACTION NOW TO ENSURE JUDICIAL RACES REMAIN NONPARTISAN. Ohio must commit to ensuring that its judges carry out their responsibilities with fairness and impartiality.
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