Judicial Voter Website Updated to Include County Court Candidates
Profiles of judicial candidates for county court seats have been added to the Judicial Votes Count website (http://www.judicialvotescount.org). Ohio voters will elect 11 judges to county courts in Ashtabula, Belmont, Butler, Fulton, Jefferson, Mahoning, Monroe, Muskingum, Trumbull, and Warren counties.
The Nov. 8 General Election also will include Ohio Supreme Court, appeals court, and common pleas court races. In all, Ohio voters will determine 157 judicial seats this year.
Voters in each of Ohio’s 88 counties can learn about their judicial candidates, their judicial experience, and why they are running for judge on Judicial Votes Count. Other resources on the website include videos about the different types of courts in Ohio and an explanation of why judges play an important role in their communities.
Judicial Votes Count is a nonpartisan partnership launched last year to better educate Ohioans about judges and the Ohio court system. The partnership also seeks to increase meaningful voter participation in judicial elections.
The website was created after a 2014 survey by the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron found that most of 1,067 registered Ohio voters polled said they don’t vote for judges because they don’t know enough about the candidates.
Judicial Votes Count partners are Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor, the Bliss Institute, the League of Women Voters of Ohio, the Ohio State Bar Association, the Ohio Newspaper Association, and the Ohio Association of Broadcasters.