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Legislature considers re-injecting parties into judicial elections (access required)

Measures to restore partisan judicial elections are gaining momentum in both houses of the General Assembly. Supporters say voters need more information about judicial candidates. Opponents of the measure agree, but say that party affiliation is not the information voters need. "Yes, the public needs to know more," said John Wester, past president of the N.C. Bar Association. "But just like a book cannot be judged by its cover, so a candidate for the bench cannot be judged by their political party."

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