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Why Judicial Votes Count

Have you ever skipped voting for judges on your ballot? You're not alone. A majority of Ohio voters say they don't vote for judges because they don't know enough about the candidates.

Infographic of Ohio Judicial Elections Survey depicting 63% don't know enough about candidates

Your Vote Counts!

Judges make decisions that affect our lives every day and in countless ways. That’s why we should care about whom we elect to serve as judges.

Judicial Votes Count is a nonpartisan initiative committed to providing you, the Ohio voter, with everything you need to make informed choices about judicial candidates, including:

  • Why the candidate is running
  • Their legal experience
  • What judges do

Before you cast your ballot, get to know all of your judicial candidates and why Judicial Votes Count!

Judicial Votes Count is intended to be a lasting initiative beginning with the 2015 election and providing judicial candidate information for both the primary and general elections for years to come.

Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor

How the Project Started

In 2014, then Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor brought together the League of Women Voters of Ohio, the Ohio State Bar Association, the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron, the Ohio News Media Association, and the Ohio Association of Broadcasters to better educate Ohioans about judges and the Ohio court system, as well as to increase voter participation in judicial elections. 

Read more of what voters think about judicial elections in the 2014 Ohio Judicial Elections Survey.