Last Day to Register to Vote for Judicial Candidates in November Election
Today is the last day to register to vote for the Nov. 3 election when Ohio voters in 29 counties will decide 56 municipal court judicial races.
Voters can get to know their judicial candidates through the nonpartisan website JudicialVotesCount.org. The website lists all the judicial races and includes biographical information for the candidates, who have also been asked to explain their qualifications and reasons for running.
In addition to candidate bios, the website features information about what judges do, descriptions about the duties of different courts, and videos about how Ohio’s court system works.
The website was launched in September after a 2014 survey found most Ohio voters don’t vote for judicial candidates because they don’t know enough about the candidates.
Judicial Votes Count is a collaboration among Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor, the Ohio State Bar Association, the League of Women Voters of Ohio, the Bliss Institute for Applied Politics at the University of Akron, the Ohio Newspaper Association, and the Ohio Association of Broadcasters.
Radio public service announcements and social media are also being used to educate voters about why judicial races matter.