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Voting Smart: Now You Can, Memphis!

July 16, 2014


its here

We’ve just posted three new installments of   Voting Smart: Back in River City’s  Guide to Shelby County’s 2014 Judicial Elections. 

The Guide begins on the tab marked Voters Guide  on our homepage. Here you will find information on how to use our Guide. This tab includes Section I, Voter Information and PreparationSection II, our Recommendationsand the first part of Section III, our Analysis of candidates running for  Circuit Court, Chancery Court and Probate Court judgeships.

For  technical reasons we continue to whine about,  we have had to separate the Guide on multiple tabs/pages on Back in River City due to its length. Analysis for Criminal Court candidates is on a separate tab; as is analysis for the General Sessions candidates, Appellate races, and Tennessee Supreme Court races. Our recommendations for the Appellate and Tennessee Supreme Court races (these are the vote-up-or-down races) will be published tomorrow.

no-troll-200Again, we heartily welcome your comments here and on either of our Facebook pages for Back in River City or Voting Smart. Let us know if you spot an error, or if you have an important update (your information should be documented, not just anecdotal). We don’t expect everyone to agree with our choices, so debate away. We will also answer questions about how we made a final determination between candidates in races where there was more than one strong choice. But, remember, we are here to encourage civil discourse, so be your very best polite self (no trolls!) , or your comment will not be published.


We appreciate our readers and supporters!







2 Comments leave one →
  1. tastysalsa permalink
    July 17, 2014 4:05 pm

    I need input on who to vote to match my standards of life.  


    • July 20, 2014 4:56 pm

      We heartily concur, tastysalsa! And that is why it’s so important for citizens to have access to information about those who are elected and appointed to serve US in government. Popular elections allow us to hold government officials accountable. Read more in our Voting Smart guide on Appellate Courts and also the section (forthcoming) on Politics of Judicial Selection. Become informed about Amendment #2 on the November ballot. (We’ll have more here at Back in River City.) Thanks so much for your comment! (If you want to have a conversation about your specific values and how your August 7 ballot choices can uphold them, email me at

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