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August 22, 2012

August 21, 2012

Welcome to a special edition of the South Carolina Bar's E-Blast.
August 22, 2012

Candidate withdrawal
The Judicial Merit Selection Commission announced Tuesday that William Frick, a candidate for Circuit Court, At-Large, Seat 14, withdrew from the race. 


JQC phone interviews regarding judicial candidates
The Judicial Qualifications Committee (JQC) will begin its calls to the bench and bar on Thursday, Aug. 23. The information compiled by JQC is not attributed to those interviewed and is used to determine a collective opinion of the candidate. JQC policies provide that committee members complete at least 30 calls per candidate. Participation from Bar members who have experience with any of the candidates is highly encouraged and valued. You may be asked about multiple candidates in order to avoid duplicate calls. Thank you for your continued cooperation and support.

The Bar is not conducting a paper or electronic survey of incumbents. The Bar will receive the results of the Commission's anonymous survey.

BallotBox survey on behalf of the Judicial Merit Selection Commission for fall 2012 judicial candidates
The Judicial Merit Selection Commission requests input in the General Assembly's screening of fall 2012 candidates for judicial office. The Commission must determine whether each candidate is qualified to serve, and in this regard, seeks the opinion of practicing attorneys, members of the judiciary, and clerks of court as to each candidate's fitness for the bench. Please note that this request is separate and distinct from the phone survey responses which will still be requested of Bar members by the Bar's Judicial Qualifications Committee. However, the Commission will share the tabulated results with the Bar’s Judicial Qualifications Committee for this screening. To view the media release and list of candidates, click
here.

The Commission is trying a new procedure to gather input on each judicial candidate and has contracted with BallotBox Online, LLC to send an electronic survey to your e-mail address (provided in AIS) to obtain this information. Once you create your permanent password, you will electronically complete information about each candidate. The survey should take no more than 10 minutes, and you will receive a confirmation e-mail upon completion. Once you begin the survey, you are able to save your results, if needed, return to finish the survey, and then cast your ballot. Bar members' input, positive or negative, is a very important part of the screening process.

Please contact the Commission directly with questions at (803) 212-6623. For larger law firms, please note that this is not a spam e-mail that your members are receiving. 

The e-mail will come from 
judicialmeritselection@ballotboxonline.com. The title will be "Judicial Merit Selection Commission online voting." You may need to adjust your computer filter to permit this e-mail. BallotBox Online, LLC will send out this electronic survey to Bar members on Thursday, Aug. 23, at 3 a.m. Thank you for your participation in this process.

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