Florida law makes it particularly hard for voters to make informed decisions about electing judges, because it bars judicial candidates from discussing how they might rule on particular issues.

The Florida Bar is hoping a new online program will give voters a clearer picture of the candidates running for various county and circuit judge seats throughout the state this election year.

Candidates in 59 judicial races across the state have been issued the Florida Bar Judicial Candidate Voluntary Self-Disclosure Statement, which offers the chance for hopefuls to provide background on their careers, as well as make personel statements about their campaigns.

So far 45 circuit and 25 county judge candidates have submitted their profiles. Their statements can be seen here. More information can be found on rules governing state judicial races at The Florida Bar’s website.

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