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Charlotte Observer editorial by Nancy Black Norelli on effectiveness of judicial election surveys

In North Carolina, as in 31 other states, many trial judges will be running in contested elections in November. In a noisy election season, the races for trial court judge often receive little attention. Many voters cast the ballot for judge based on party affiliation, name recognition, ballot position or simply “skip it.” A recent poll in Indiana found that two-thirds of respondents “almost always” skip voting for judges while more than half indicated they do so because they do not have enough information.

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Effort led by Nancy Black Norelli on NC lawyer review of judges surveys for NC Bar

On Election Day, when it came to the judicial races, most voters have difficulty knowing much about the candidates. Thanks to Charlotte lawyer Nancy Black Norelli and the North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA) committee she chairs, this has changed. Voters can now find out how North Carolina lawyers rate judicial incumbents and challengers in the District and Superior Court contested races in the areas of integrity and fairness, legal ability, professionalism, communication, and administrative skills – characteristics essential for good judges.

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