Why Judges Matter
Sometime in your life, a judge may make decisions about your most personal issues:
Your property or inheritance, debts, or the debt somebody owes you
Your marriage or your child’s support or living circumstances
Your freedom, safety, and fair treatment at work and in the streets
When the day comes that you or someone you love has dealings with a court, the Judge will be the most important person in the room–and in your life.
But even if you personally never stand before a judge, judges make rulings every day about the laws that affect your safety, health rights, and privacy; your children’s safety and the quality of their education; your equality under the law.
In 2020, the election for NC’s Supreme Court Chief Justice was decided by only 412 votes. In Durham County, more than 1,000 voters failed to vote for anybody in that race. Your vote does count.
The core values of judges inform their decisions. Vote for candidates with strong resumes who share your core values. Judges must list their party registration on the ballot. A web search can tell you who has endorsed the candidate. And you can search judge candidate bios and histories at Ballotpedia.
Don’t skip the Judge Races on your ballot!