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Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Jul 11, 2014

The sheer number of judicial candidates running in Shelby County and ethics rules that limit campaigning is making it difficult for voters to distinguish between candidates, the Commercial Appeal reports. Because the county does not hold judicial primaries, its general election ballot will include 81 candidates seeking 40 judgeships spread across six different courts. Voters also have to decide to retain or replace 23 judges in the statewide retention election. Speaking at a candidate forum recently, U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen summed up the feeling of many who are overwhelmed by the prospect of a ballot with more than 100 candidates on it when he said, "This is a hell of a process.”