February 8, 2010

Austin Lawyers Rate Judicial Candidates

AUSTIN, TX – In a private Preference Poll, members of the Austin Bar Association rated 24 judicial candidates in 10 local races in Travis County. The purpose of the 2010 Judicial Preference Poll is to give the general public an opportunity to see how local attorneys evaluate the judicial candidates appearing on the ballot for the March primary. Results are available here.

Only contested judicial races are included in the Preference Poll. For each race, Austin Bar members were asked to indicate which candidate they believe is best qualified to serve in the position for which he or she is running. Members did not have to vote in every race. The results are strictly the opinions of the individual attorneys returning their ballots and are not intended as an endorsement of any candidate or candidates by either the Austin Bar Association or any affiliated organization.

Members cast their votes either online through Austin Bar’s proprietary balloting system or in person. Of the 3,900 eligible voters, 946 (24 percent) cast a ballot, the highest turnout for the Preference Poll.

The Austin Bar Association is a nonprofit, voluntary association operated for charitable and educational purposes, and representing approximately 3,900 attorneys in the Austin area.