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Jax Daily Record Wednesday, Jul. 22, 202001:02 PM EST

The Florida Bar providing election guide

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The online brochure has information about judicial candidates on the Aug. 18 primary ballot.
by: Max Marbut Associate Editor

With the primary election less than a month away, The Florida Bar is providing information about judicial candidates as part of its initiative to educate Florida’s voters about elections.

Visit https://www.floridabar.org/public/faircts/votes010/ for the “Guide for Florida Voters,” a nonpartisan brochure about the courts and the role of judges; statements submitted by trial court judicial candidates; and biographies of the judges facing merit retention elections.

The guide also answers questions voters might have about merit retention and what judges do. There are links on the webpage to the Code of Judicial Conduct, biographies of the appeals court judges and one Supreme Court justice up for merit retention, and links to appellate court opinions.

The Bar printed 50,000 copies of the brochure, which is available at supervisor of elections offices throughout the state and many public libraries.

Copies are available to civic groups. 

Email [email protected] to request copies.

A Spanish version is available online and printed copies will be distributed by members of Florida’s Hispanic voluntary bars.

Election dates are Aug. 18 for the primary election and Nov. 3 for the general election. All county and circuit judicial races appear on the primary ballot, with runoffs in November, if needed. 

The merit retention vote is on the November ballot.

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