First TV Ads Airing in Ohio Supreme Court Primary

TV advertising has begun airing in one of the races for three seats on the Ohio Supreme Court, The Toledo Blade reports, citing Justice at Stake and the Brennan Center for Justice. As the two legal reform groups recently reported (see Gavel Grab), Court of Appeals Judge Pat Fischer’s campaign is the first to report spending […]

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Court Rejects Challenge to Ohio Judicial Election Law

Leaving the political affiliations of judicial candidates off the general election ballot in Ohio is constitutionally sound, the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled, according to The Toledo Blade. “The burden on the plaintiffs’ First and Fourteenth Amendment rights is minimal because political parties and judicial candidates remain free to provide, and voters […]

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Chief Justice O’Connor Touts Ohio Voter Education Website

A voter education website specifically for Ohio judicial elections will come online on Sept. 1, The Columbus Dispatch reports. Ohio Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor believes the website will improve voter turnout for these elections, the article explains. She offered the restrictions placed on judicial candidates as another explanation for low turnout, claiming the “whispered” campaigns […]

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Editorial: Best Reform Goal in Ohio Would be Merit Selection

Proposals by Ohio Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor to combat public apathy over judicial elections don’t go far enough, and “Ideally, judges in Ohio would be appointed based on merit,” a Cleveland.com editorial declares. Her proposals include holding off-year elections, strengthening voter education outreach, and increasing experience requirements for judges. In the winter, Cleveland.com reported that the […]

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