The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan, political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.
The LWVTN priority on Judicial Selection supports adoption and maintenance of a judicial selection process by statute or executive order that includes a nonpartisan body of citizens and members of the bar in the selection and evaluation of appellate judges to ensure an independent, qualified appellate bench in Tennessee, free of undue partisanship and political influence.
LWVTN urges League members across Tennessee to understand and share materials developed by the LWVTN Action Committee about the Tennessee court system, retention elections for the judiciary, and their impact on the August 7, 2014 state and federal primaries and county elections.
The August 7 ballot will include appellate court judges and justices seeking to be retained for another term.
The League at all levels favors fair and impartial courts and the related merit-based, nonpartisan selection of the judiciary and encourages members and voters to become informed and think critically about the role of judges in our constitutional system. It also is important to understand and consider sources of information when preparing to vote. Please use the following links to become a more informed voter and share them widely with your family, friends, neighbors, and communities.
1. TENNESSEE RETENTION ELECTIONS EXPLAINED 2. HOW TO BE AN INFORMED VOTER 3. TENNESSEE RETENTION ELECTION FAQS 4. POWER POINT--TENNESSEE RETENTION ELECTIONS EXPLAINED 5. JUDGES AND JUSTICES ON THE AUGUST 7 BALLOT 6. FIND IT ON THE BALLOT
Understanding that knowledge, preparation, and exercising our vote give individuals' power, LWVTN encourages informed and active participation of citizens in government.