Website can help voters in judicial races

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Making an informed decision on judicial candidates often poses one of the tougher ballot dilemmas for North Carolina voters.

Judges don’t hold regular press conferences. They rarely make stump speeches. When constituents see them in action, it’s usually in a courthouse – often under less than desirable circumstances.

So how does a voter make an informed choice in a judicial race?

Here’s a source for help. The N.C. Bar Association has activated a special website – ElectNCJudges.org – that reports the results of evaluation surveys conducted among lawyers all over North Carolina. The lawyers are asked to assess each candidate on a scale of 1 to 5 in six different areas:

  • Integrity and impartiality.
  • Legal ability.
  • Professionalism.
  • Communication.
  • Administrative skills.
  • And overall performance.

Voters in Nash, Wilson and Edgecombe counties will vote on an N.C. District Court judge in District 7 this fall. The candidates for the bench are Wayne Boyette of Tarboro and Lamont Wiggins of Rocky Mount.

The ElectNCJudges.org website is set up so that visitors can click on the county in which they reside to see who’s on the ballot for District Court and N.C. Superior Court. The evaluations are pretty straight-forward.

Of course, voters are free to determine on their own which criteria are important for judges. But at least ElectNCJudges.org is a resource for how judicial candidates are viewed by the profession in which they work.