The state House is expected to give final approval Monday to legislation that would make North Carolina’s judicial races partisan in 2016.
Rockingham County Rep. Bert Jones says clearly labeling candidates for the N.C. Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court with their party affiliation will increase transparency.
Wake County Rep. Grier Martin told his colleagues the move would be a mistake.
Martin suggested voters could learn more valuable information by going online or researching the judicial candidates in available voter guides:
“I have never had a constituent come to me and say ‘What I want to see is more partisanship in judicial races.'” explained Rep. Martin. “And I’m very concerned if we go back to partisan judicial elections, we’re going to elect more judicial activists, both on the left and from the right.”
Legislators are also considering this session a bill that would make all locally elected school board races partisan.
One more vote in the NC House and HB 8 will move to the Senate. To listen to some of Thursday’s debate, click below: