Do you vote your entire ballot? Or, like some voters, do you skip over the judges when they appear on the ballot? Do you know why judges’ names appear on the ballot every two years, why it’s important to vote this section of your ballot, and how you can learn about those judges?
One Colorado and Our Courts, an award-winning nonpartisan civic education organization, are joining forces to provide information about how judges are selected, evaluated, and retained in Colorado.
What: 2020 Judges Elections Virtual Town Hall
When: Wednesday, September 16th, 5:30 - 6:30 PM
Where: Zoom (link provided on confirmation page) + Facebook Live
More than a half-century ago, the voters of this state amended the Colorado constitution to change the way state judges are selected. Instead of running as members of political parties in contested elections, judges are now selected through a nonpartisan, merit-based process.
After judges are selected, they must periodically stand for retention, and the voters decide if the judges should continue to serve in that position. To assist voters in this process, nonpartisan performance commissions assess each judge’s performance and prepare publicly-available summaries regarding each judge.
Our panelists will include:
Daniel Ramos, former Executive Director of One Colorado and member of the Supreme Court Nominating Commission
Hon. Richard L. Gabriel, Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court
Hon. Diego Hunt, District Court Judge
Patricia Jarzobski, former President of the Colorado Bar Association and former member of the Nominating Commission for the 17th Judicial District