Updated: Oct 17
Link to see your Duval County sample ballot:
There are 3 amendments on our ballot.
Here's the League of Women Voters-Florida recommendations:
Click here for more about abolishing the CRC which is one of the amendments.
Florida Supreme Court
FIRST DISTRICT COURT OF APPEAL
If you're one of the many left scratching your head over the judicial races on the ballot this year, the Florida Bar is now offering some potentially helpful information. Each election year the Bar conducts a poll which gives practicing attorneys across the state a chance to weigh in on whether currently serving justices deserve to continue in that role. From the Florida Bar merit retention poll for the FIRST DISTRICT COURT OF APPEAL (in my view these aren't good percentages):
% of poll respondents saying retain
Ross L. Bilbrey 68%
Susan L. Kelsey 69%
Robert E. Long, Jr. 63%
Lori S. Rowe 71%
Thomas “Bo” Winokur 63%
If you have any other information that you'd like us to share with our readers, please email us. Here's a few articles that we've found so far.
Excerpt: In recent years, Bilbrey has chided the Florida Department of Health and DeSantis administration for dragging its feet in issuing cannabis licenses and upheld the removal of a Confederate monument in Madison, Florida. He also upheld the Gainesville Chamber of Commerce’s tax-exempt status.
“In the specific context of abortion regulation, the Florida Supreme Court has held that even ‘minimal’ loss of the constitutional right of privacy is per-se irreparable injury,” Kelsey wrote last month, She added, “We are therefore required to presume irreparable harm.”
Circuit Judge Robert Long Jr. of Tallahassee, a Federalist Society member who shares similarities with GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis, has been named to the 1st District Court of Appeal (DCA).
Eight of the First District’s 15 members are publicly associated with the Federalist Society. Chief Judge Lori Rowe and Judge Thomas Winokur have been described as active members of the group’s Tallahassee lawyers’ chapter.