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Voter Education: Do you know your judges?

A recent survey unveiled that two-thirds of Americans can’t name one United States Supreme Court Justice. Imagine the results of the survey if that question were taken down to a local level. How many Hoosiers could name a state Supreme Court Justice, an appellate judge, a superior court judge?

Spurred by an effort to educate Indiana voters, the Division of State Court Administration created www.in.gov/judiciary/retention, a site meant to share relevant information on the six Indiana appellate court judges who will be up for retention vote this November with the public. Voters will decide “yes” or “no” on whether to retain each judge, and the site includes helpful information, including biographies and judicial opinions, to assist voters in making an informed decision. Of the six judges, four are IndyBar members–Justice Steven David, Judge John Baker, Judge Nancy Vaidik and Judge Paul Mathias.

While judicial retention votes are unlikely to be the most exciting part of November’s General Election, any step toward educating the public on the judiciary is a positive one.

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