We’ve supported efforts by business groups to issue judicial ratings for judges on the retention ballot, believing a well-designed informational campaign would serve voters well. So far, that’s proving true.
The existence of the business-backed Oklahoma Civil Justice Council’s judicial ratings has led the Oklahoma Bar Association to launch a similar informational campaign. Because the bar makes clear its system is designed to counter the business-backed ratings, it may have a very different take on judicial effectiveness.
That’s fine. The existence of competing rating systems increases the amount of information available to voters. Rather than confuse citizens, we think a surplus of information is far preferable to the vacuum that existed in past elections.
Voters are accustomed to dealing with claims and counterclaims from candidates for other offices; they won’t be intimidated by competing information regarding judicial effectiveness.