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Louisville Bar Association's poll results could help voters choose between 21 judicial candidates

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- There are 21 candidates vying for the vacant seat in the Division 4 courtroom. It's a race that many political experts call a hit or miss.

"Judge Michele Stengel completed her service and retired and so that created an opening," said Scott Furkin, Executive Director of the Louisville Bar Association.  

"The retirement occurred at such a point in the calendar year that it created opportunity for candidates to file. This time they're going to be facing 21 candidates on the ballot," Furkin said.

Leaders of the Louisville Bar Association released poll results to give the public a better idea of how each candidate ranks among lawyers.

"This poll was sent to all of the attorneys who live and work in Jefferson County and those who had substantial professional contact with one or more of these candidates," Furkin explained. "You can look at those who are voted highly qualified or qualified versus those that have a high percentage in the unqualified category and make an informed vote."

While this data could help voters make informed decisions, some people have their own methods of selecting a candidate.

"Unfortunately, some voters will simply skip the judicial portion of the ballot because they don't know the candidates are and they don't want to be voting for someone random. Some even make eeny meeny miney moe kind of decisions," said Furkin. 

"Some people believe there's an advantage to being either first or last on the ballot and if you're lost somewhere in the middle you're perceived to be at a disadvantage," Furkin explained. "But we encourage everybody to analyze the poll data and make decisions for themselves."

You can see the poll results to the right of this story. 

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