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Judicial Candidates Encouraged to Participate in Voter Education Program

With Ohio voters electing 210 judges this year, all judicial candidates are encouraged to participate in Judicial Votes Count  ̶  the state’s only resource presenting information on all judicial races  ̶  by submitting their biographical information now, ahead of the state’s March 17 primary election.

Nearly 300 judicial candidates are seeking election during the state’s primary election.

The online form for candidates to submit their biographical information is available now. All judicial candidates who are certified to the ballot by their county board of elections may submit information.

In its sixth year, the Judicial Votes Count program – at – offers voters an online resource to learn about the state’s judicial system and how judges impact their lives and communities, with videos from former judges at all court levels, explaining judicial duties. All judicial candidates are asked to submit their biographical information and reasons for seeking office, with their unedited answers posted to the website.

Among the 210 judicial seats on the 2020 ballots are two seats for the Ohio Supreme Court and 21 seats among the state’s 12-district court of appeals. County court and common pleas court judges also will be elected.

While voters in all Ohio counties will elect judges for the Supreme Court and their district court of appeals, five of Ohio’s 88 counties have no local judgeships up for election in 2020. Those counties are Adams, Henry, Morrow, Paulding, and Wyandot.

Judicial Votes Count was launched in 2015 by a nonpartisan partnership of Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor, the Bliss Institute at the University of Akron, the League of Women Voters of Ohio, the Ohio State Bar Association, the Ohio News Media Association, and the Ohio Association of Broadcasters.

Judicial candidates may submit their information at: