County Referendum 1: Circuit court clerk elections

County referendum 1 proposes making circuit court clerk elections nonpartisan, the way that the mayoral and county commission elections are.

Circuit court clerks are responsible for keeping all of the county’s records and financial information in order. That includes everything from criminal and civil court records to real estate deeds and traffic court information.

Here’s the official wording for the referendum:

Shall the Charter be amended to require that the election of Clerk of the Circuit Court be conducted on a nonpartisan basis and that no ballot shall show the party designation of any candidate for Clerk of the Circuit Court?

The idea behind this change is to keep the election free of political influence, so that voters can judge the candidates solely on their ability.

If you vote yes, the circuit court clerk election will become a nonpartisan race.

If you vote no, the charter won’t change.