TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Brittany Sims on Aug 21, 2014

A post-election poll of Tennessee voters who participated in the Aug. 7 election found a strong majority opposed to partisan politics playing a role in the courts or judicial elections, Justice at Stake (JAS) reports. Eighty-five percent of voters polled said it is “very” or “somewhat” important to keep politics out of the courts, with a full 70 percent calling it “very important.” The poll was conducted by Republican polling firm American Viewpoint, which surveyed 500 Tennessee voters the evening of the election in which all three justices were retained in spite of well-funded efforts to oust them by both Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and out-of-state groups such as the Republican State Leadership Committee and Americans for Prosperity. More than $1.4 million was spent on television advertising alone. “Tennessee voters decisively rejected efforts to politicize their courts,” said Bert Brandenburg, JAS executive director. “They want judges to answer to the law, not political pressure.”