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As part of our elections coverage, QCity Metro invited readers to submit questions to our reporting team, which we seek to answer in a way that provides factual information free of politics. Read more at the end of this article.

Question: I care a lot about judges, and I think we don’t know enough about them. They have become activists and drive the issues that impact our lives, such as abortion and voting rights. It is so hard to know what their records are and how that might point to how they will vote in the future. 

Answer:  You are correct in that the judges chosen in the upcoming election will decide cases that could have far-reaching impact. Judicial elections, however, are tricky, says Christopher Cooper, a political science and public affairs professor at Western Carolina University. That’s because judges can’t say much about how they would decide a case, and evidence on how they decided previous cases is often hard to understand and can be even harder to find.

Cooper recommends voters review this judicial voter guide from the North Carolina State Board of Elections.

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