July 30, 2013 


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LWV Ohio Praises Chief Justice O'Connor's Proposal for Judicial Reform, Offers Suggestions to Strengthen


Columbus - Today, the League of Women Voters of Ohio submitted formal public comments in response to Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor's "Ohio Courts 2013: A Proposal for Strengthening Judicial Elections."


"The League of Women Voters Ohio is pleased that Chief Justice O'Connor has made a number of thoughtful proposals designed to improve the way judges are selected in Ohio," said Nancy Brown, LWVO President. "We are especially pleased that Chief Justice O'Connor recognizes the importance of reducing partisanship in judicial races so that voters can focus on which judges are most qualified rather than on a party label or a popular name."


"While the League has long championed more aggressive reforms, including a system of appointing judges followed by a retention election," Brown continued, "we recognize that even without such a change, the current system can be improved and made more effective in insuring that we have capable judges and that the citizens of Ohio have confidence in their judges."


The League submitted formal comment on specific aspects of the proposals and suggested additional reforms, including several proposals related to campaign finance reform, increased transparency and accountability.  In addition, LWVO will be launching a complimentary effort to educate Ohioans about the role of the judiciary and how voters can obtain information to evaluate judicial candidates.


"We thank the Chief Justice for encouraging public dialogue about how we choose our judges and ways to improve the system," Brown concluded, "and the League of Women Voters of Ohio looks forward to working with the Court on this important issue."


LWVO's public comments are available here:   


LWV Ohio Public Comment on Ohio Courts 2013: Proposals for Strengthening Judicial Elections