What are the minimum requirements to run for judge in Ohio?

  • A candidate must be a licensed attorney with at least six years of experience practicing law in Ohio.
  • The candidate must be a resident and a registered voter in the territory or district of the court for which he or she seeks.
  • The candidate cannot reach the age of 70 prior to beginning a term in office.

How long is a judge’s term in office?

All judges serve six-year terms.

Election Day

When is the 2016 primary election? 

Primary election day was Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Polls were open throughout Ohio beginning at 6:30 a.m. and polls close at 7:30 p.m.

When is the 2016 general election?

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016.

Polls are open throughout Ohio beginning at 6:30 a.m. Polls close at 7:30 p.m.

Judicial Votes Count Website


Why is a judge candidate’s political affiliation not listed here on his/her bio?

In Ohio, judge candidates run in partisan primary elections, meaning they are nominated by a political party and their political affiliation is listed on the primary ballot.

However, judicial candidates run as non-partisan candidates during the general election, meaning their political affiliation, if any, is not listed on the ballot.

This website is representative of what voters will see on their ballots; it will list candidates’ political affiliation, if any, prior to a primary election, but will not list political affiliation prior to a general election.

Why does my county not have local judge races this year?

In 2016, voters in every county will elect judges for the district appellate courts and the Ohio Supreme Court.

However, not every county has local judge seats up for election in 2016. This is especially true in counties with one or two local judges. The terms for judicial seats are staggered, so judges are not all elected at the same time.

Why are there no bar ratings or recommendations listed for candidates in my county?

Not all local bar associations rate or recommend candidates

It’s also possible that a candidate that has not added endorsements, ratings, or recommendations to his or her caniddate profile. It is up to the candidates to request these additions to online profiles.

You also may check the bar association ratings and recommendations page to see if your local bar’s candidate preferences are listed.