Rep. Meier files bill to create fair judicial elections in St. Clair County

State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) filed legislation to restore fairness to the process of electing judges in St. Clair County.

The legislation is in response to a proposal to be considered by the legislature today to give Democrats a competitive advantage at electing more Democrat judges throughout the state. Meier’s proposal is also in response to a recent law rammed through on partisan lines back in June to make it easier for Democrats to pack the courts in St. Clair County.

According to Rep. Meier, “We must have an electoral system that is fair for all parties seeking the nomination to be elected as a judge. My legislation will bring fairness to the court system in St. Clair County. The current process which gives Democrats a competitive advantage at electing their judges throws more fuel on the fire in the hole that is already considered to be a judicial hellhole.”

House Bill 4354 provides that on December 6, 2022, the Twentieth Judicial Circuit in St. Clair County is divided into 3 subcircuits to allow voters to elect 8 judges. Meier’s proposal would give Judges regardless of party affiliation a fair chance in their election as opposed to the current law and proposal being considered by legislative Democrats.