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Friday, May 10, 2013

Chief Justice Floats Judicial Election Reform

Below is a link to an article on concerning proposals that Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor made to the Ohio State Bar Association regarding reform of judicial elections.

Among other things she recommends doing away with the present system whereby judicial candidates are nominated in party primaries but run non-partisan in the fall; increasing the length of judicial terms of office; increasing the number of years that a judicial candidate has to have been licensed to practice law before running for judicial office; holding judicial elections in odd-numbered years so that judicial races aren't overshadowed by races for Governor and President; and moving judicial races up toward the top of the ballot instead of having them at the bottom of the ballot as is presently done. 

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