Judicial Campaign Code of Conduct Committee

As a public service, the Tennessee Bar Association works to help assure that judicial elections are conducted in a manner that will maintain confidence in our judiciary.

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6th Circuit Strikes Kentucky Rules on Judicial Campaign Speech

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously yesterday that several restrictions on what Kentucky judicial candidates can say while running for office violate the First Amendment. The court struck down a clause that prohibits judicial candidates from campaigning as a member of a political party or organization, a clause that bans candidates from making speeches for or against a political organization or candidate, and a ban on misleading statements. Kentucky judges run in nonpartisan elections and are bound by the Kentucky Code of Judicial Conduct. The ABA Journal looks at the decision.

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Early Voting Falls to Half of 2014 Levels

The state Division of Elections reported today that 281,278 Tennesseans voted early for Thursday’s election – only about half the early vote reported in 2014 and below the 2012 early turnout as well. Early voting ended this past Saturday. The reported statewide total includes 178,915 persons voting in Republican primaries and 89,534 voting in Democratic primaries. In 2014, early voting numbers totaled 564,733 with 354,226 Republicans and 164,939 Democrats going to the polls before election day. Humphrey on the Hill suggests some reasons why numbers may be down.

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