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Posted by: Allan Ramsaur on May 14, 2014

The Tennessee Bar Association today announced plans to assist in ensuring that the 2014 judicial elections help to maintain a fair, impartial and accountable judiciary, and honor the dignity of the courts while allowing a vigorous debate. Strict neutrality in judicial elections will remain a hallmark of the TBA. Those plans reviewed and reaffirmed by the TBA at its April meeting include:

• A brand new Tennessee Supreme Court Candidate Evaluation Poll, which will poll all TBA members on the upcoming retention election.
• Vigorous use of a policy on unjust criticism, which requires the leadership to respond to false and misleading statements about judges and the judicial system.
• Continued voter education efforts like the Informed Voter Project and TBA Judicial Selection Information Center.

The poll will be conducted using SurveyMonkey polling software. Each member will be given a unique, identifying address to vote. Those members who have not provided the TBA with an email address will be mailed a letter with the information enclosed to vote by electronic means. Those with email addresses will receive an email on or about May 28. Members will be asked to state whether they would highly recommend, recommend, not recommend or express no opinion at this time as to the three members of the Tennessee Supreme Court standing for retention election on the Aug. 7 ballot. Poll results will be reported in mid-June. The policy on unjust criticism was adopted in 1997 as a result of a Blue Ribbon Task Force on Judicial Elections.