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For Judicial Candidates

Congratulations on your decision to run for judge! Judicial Votes Count is a nonpartisan initiative of the Ohio State Bar Association, in partnership with the the Ohio State Bar Foundation, the Ohio News Media Association and the Ohio Association of Broadcasters. Our mission is to increase voter participation in all judicial elections by ensuring Ohioans have access to good, unbiased information about those seeking judicial office, including for municipal court, common pleas court, court of appeals and the Supreme Court of Ohio. Thank you for completing your profile.

Judicial Votes Count Guidelines and Tips 

Candidate Listings. Judicial Votes Count lists all judicial candidates who will appear on ballots as part of Ohio’s November 2023 general election on its county “Find Your Candidates” pages, regardless of whether you choose to submit biographical information via the online candidate profile. If you were on the ballot in May and completed a profile at that time…thank you! Your information will carry over for November as well, and we are happy to make updates or additions for you (see Corrections and Additions below).

Unopposed Candidates. Even if you are unopposed in your election, we strongly encourage your participation to ensure your future constituents can learn more about you.

Races With Overlapping Counties. Your name/completed profile will be listed on all county pages on which you will appear on the ballot; however, you only need to complete one profile questionnaire. Simply choose the county where you filed your candidate paperwork to find the right court seat and we’ll take care of the rest.

Questionnaire. The questions and profile form are the same for all candidates for judicial office, regardless of office sought. You should set aside time and plan to complete the survey in one sitting, as you will not be able to save your work and come back to it. 

Time to Publish. Once you complete the form, the Judicial Votes Count team will publish your answers within 1-2 business days. Only then will your name on the site link to the answers you have provided.

Name on the Ballot. We encourage you to list your name in the same way it will be listed on the ballot.

Term Dates. It is important that you are matched to the correct seats up for election, which are determined by term dates. If you do not know the exact term date of the seat you seek, please contact your local board of elections to ask.

Party Affiliation. As it is not listed on the ballot, political party affiliation will not be listed on the Judicial Votes Count site for general elections. Affiliation will be included for primary elections.

Accuracy of Information. You and your campaign are solely responsible for the accuracy of your answers, including proper spelling, grammar and punctuation. In fact, the Ohio Bar will not edit candidate submissions before publishing.

Corrections and Additions. … However, should you need a correction or to make an addition at a later date, you can do so by sending a request to

Endorsements and Bar Ratings. You are also responsible for submitting any endorsements or bar ratings you wish to promote as part of your profile questionnaire. Please include the name of the organization and the year of the rating/recommendation. Should one or more endorsements or ratings come in after you have already submitted your profile, email us at and we will be happy to add it for you.

Disclaimer. Publishing your profile on Judicial Votes Count does not constitute an endorsement from the Ohio State Bar Association or its affiliates. 

Questions. We are here to help! Feel free to reach out to us at with any questions or if you need assistance. If you would like for our team to contact you by phone, please be sure to include a number where we can reach you.