Stand Up for an Independent Judicial Branch
I don’t need to tell you why having an independent judicial branch is important, but I do need to tell you about why it’s under threat in North Carolina.
A few weeks ago, we eliminated all of next year’s primary elections for all of our judges. That means when you go to vote in November, you could have 5 or 10 or 15 people running for every level of judge, making it difficult to make an informed decision.
There’s also a bill pending that would gerrymander our judicial districts - and you know our legislature’s history with gerrymandering.
There's also talk of eliminating judicial elections entirely and letting the legislature pick all of our judges. We could see a bill for that as early as January.
This comes after we made all our judicial races partisan and after we eliminated public funding for judicial campaigns, which means now judges are fundraising from the same attorneys who bring cases before them.
It’s worth mentioning that the majority party has had 15 of its bills struck down by the court in the last few years and they’ve expressed extreme frustration about that. Maybe that has something to do with this broad offensive operation against our judicial branch.
We’ve seen the majority party use gerrymandering to grab power for itself in the legislature. We’ve seen them use surprise special sessions to grab power from the governor. Now they are drawing a net around the judicial branch and we can't sit back and watch it happen.
Send a message to our legislators that you believe in an independent judicial branch.