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Get answers to some of the most popular questions regarding elections in Ohio, judicial candidates and more.

What are the minimum requirements to run for judge in Ohio?

  • A candidate must be a licensed attorney with at least six years of experience practicing law in Ohio.
  • The candidate must be a resident and a registered voter in the territory or district of the court for which he or she seeks.
  • The candidate cannot reach the age of 70 prior to beginning a term in office.

How long is a judge's term in office?

All judges serve six-year terms.


When is the 2022 general election?

Election Day is Tuesday, November 8, 2022. Polls are open throughout Ohio from 6:30AM to 7:30PM.


Why is a judge candidate's political affiliation not listed on their biography?

No matter what level of court they serve, judges in office are called upon to consider the specific facts of the cases before them and rule without regard for partisan affiliation. In Ohio, though, some races for court seats will show a candidate's partisan affiliation on the ballot, while others do not. 

Supreme Court and Courts of Appeals Candidates

In 2022, for the first time, all candidates for state Supreme Court and the Ohio courts of appeals will have their party affiliation appear next to their names during both the primary and general elections under legislation signed into law by Ohio's Governor in 2021 (Senate Bill 80).

Common Pleas Courts and County Court Candidates

In Ohio, local court candidates run in partisan primary elections, meaning they are nominated by a political party and their political affiliation is listed on the primary ballot. 

However, during the general election, all local court candidates run as non-partisan candidates so their political affiliation, if any, is not listed on the ballot. Judicial Votes Count is representative of what voters will see on their ballots – the site lists candidates’ political affiliation, if any, prior to a primary election, but will not list political affiliation prior to a general election. 


Why does my county not have local judge races this year?

The terms for judicial seats are staggered, so judges are not all elected at the same time.

In 2022, all voters will vote for chief justice and two Supreme Court justices’ seats, as well as at least one seat on their district Court of Appeals. Voters in most Ohio counties also will vote for county court and common pleas court judges.


Why are there no bar ratings or recommendations listed for candidates in my county?

Not all local bar associations rate or recommend candidates. It’s also possible that a candidate has not added endorsements, ratings, or recommendations to his or her candidate profile. It is up to the candidates to request these additions to online profiles.