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Uncover Unseen: Injustice Watch’s Guide to Judicial Elections Reveals Overlooked Ballot Decisions

On Election Day, the biggest segment on the ballot is commonly essentially the most ignored. For the past seven years, a Chicagoland nonprofit has worked hard to vary that.

Injustice Watch again developed a Judicial Election Guide (also available in Spanish) to arrange voters for what could be an amazing bottom of the ballot.

“After we began doing this guide in 2016, there was little or no information available on judicial candidates,” said Jonah Newman, managing editor of Injustice Watch. “… We desired to fill this information gap in Cook County.

“Judges are really vital public officials whose decisions have direct impact on people’s lives, think divorces, evictions, foreclosures, criminal cases. They’ve impact and a number of power.”

The digital guide takes Injustice Watch around six months to supply, Newman said, because the organization’s reporters collect information on candidates’ past decisions, community involvement, local connections, endorsements and more. The data is then compiled right into a user-friendly guide that offers users a preview of their ballot and comprehensive profiles of every candidate.

Users can then print or save their ballots — with or without candidate selections — to make use of as a reference contained in the voting booth. Newman said the guide is nonpartisan and doesn’t include recommendations.

When Injustice Watch first launched the guide, Newman said about 66 percent of county voters made a range in at the very least one judicial race. Eight years later, he said, that number is 79 percent.

“I do think our guide has played a major role” in that increase, Newman said. “We helped change the conversation in Cook County and put a number of work into voter education, why it’s vital and why it’s value taking time and doing research on judicial candidates.”

Cook County is split into 15 judicial districts. Latest Trier Township is primarily within the ninth District, for which there are not any elections this cycle; nevertheless, county-wide, voters can vote in a single Illinois Supreme Court race (contested), 4 appellate races (2 contested) and 11 circuit court elections (4 contested).

Click here to view Injustice Watch’s Judicial Election Guide

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