MO Bar Educates Voters

1 decade 2 years 3 weeks ago Saturday, April 29 2006 Apr 29, 2006 Saturday, April 29, 2006 7:48:17 PM CDT April 29, 2006 in News

Missouri Bar president Doug Copeland is doing what he can to educate people about Missouri's courts.

"We've been struggling with finding ways to get out and get this information in," Copeland said.

But a group of women are eager to listen. Mary Merritt has been a member of the League of Women Voters for about twenty years.

"I guess I just like knowing things," she said.

So Merritt and about forty other leaders of the league gathered to refresh themselves on Missouri's judicial system and how the state elects its judges. Merritt said it is important for her to know the information.

"So that we know what we're talking about when we go at our local levels and talk to all the people," she explained.

That's exactly what the bar wants them to do. Voters elect all the judges who serve at the Boone County Courthouse. But the Bar's concerned these voters don't know enough about the judges they're voting on to be able to cast that ballot.

"It's a little embarrassing to have a situation where people go to the poles and they don't know how to vote," Copeland said.

Copeland also thinks the increased awareness will show Missourians that the state has a strong system that elects fair judges. Copeland said it's unfortunate that Missourians don't know much about the system because, according to the Bar, Missouri's system is so strong that other states have adopted the same way of electing their judges.

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