I received the below message from Dr. Richard Fine, Chairman of Campaign For Judicial Integrity (CFJI). Dr. Fine analyzed the percentages of “No” votes for retention of California justices, by county. According to the calculations, the percentage of people who voted “No” jumped significantly from the last election cycle.
CFJI is gearing up to do even better in the next cycle; with four years to get the word out of why it is important to remove the stale old guard from California’s broken judicial branch. To all of you who voted “No” and helped to spread the word, Thank You!
Sharon Noonan Kramer
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We made an impact on the November 4 election! A big thank you for all you have done and to all those who received and shared our messages. Keep up the fight. We will eradicate judicial corruption! Please post and share the following message with everyone.
Vote ‘No’ to Justices Campaign Impacted California’s November 4 Judicial Elections
The November 4 percentage of ‘No’ votes to Supreme Court justices may be the highest percentage since three California Supreme Court justices were voted out in 1982 for refusing to enforce the death penalty. The state wide per cent range of “No” votes rose from 20-24% in 2002 and 2006 to 33.3% in 2014. The rising trend of ‘No’ votes indicated that the justices can be Voted Out at the next election.
On a county by county basis the effect of the vote ‘No’ campaign was more dramatic. Only five of California’s fifty eight counties accounted for over 50% of the statewide ‘Yes’ votes. The five counties were Alameda, Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego and Santa Clara. Only another eleven counties exceeded the statewide ‘Yes’ vote percentage. These eleven counties were Alpine, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, Ventura and Yolo.
The remaining forty counties each had ‘No’ vote percentages in the mid 30% to high 40% range. Most striking, seven counties voted ‘No’ to Justice Cuellar. These were: Glen, Lassen, Mariposa, Modoc, Shasta, Sierra and Tehama. Five counties voted “No” to Justice Liu. These were: Lassen, Modoc, Shasta, Sierra and Tehama.
Also striking, on November 4, 1.67 million less people voted in the judicial election than voted for governor. This refusal to vote may have indicated disgust with the judiciary and judicial corruption. Had these voters, voted “No”, all the Supreme Court justices would have been Voted Out.
The 2014 dramatic increase in the percentage of ‘No’ votes demonstrated the impact of the vote ‘No’ campaign. The Judiciary, Governor, Legislature and county supervisors making illegal payments to judges are on notice that we will end judicial corruption.
The Campaign for Judicial Integrity is a national grassroots movement and organization dedicated to the eradication of judicial corruption in all of its forms. Contact: Richard I. Fine, Ph.D.