New Website to Help Educate Ohio Voters on Judicial Candidates

Source: Article in Columbus Dispatch by Randy Ludlow – August 19, 2015

Scales-of-Justice-01Ohio Supreme Court Justice Maureen O’Connor says that Ohio voters don’t know enough about judges and often times skip voting for them. In an effort to educate voters, a new website was launched on September 1, 2015. It offers detailed information on judicial candidates statewide and explains how the state’s justice system works.

The website is a collaboration of the University of Akron’s Ray C. Bliss Institute for Applied Politics, Ohio State Bar Association, League of Women Voters of Ohio, Ohio Newspaper Association and Ohio Association of Broadcasters. O’Connor said the website represents a “one-stop shop” for the one-fourth of Ohioans who typically don’t vote for judges for assorted reasons, including a lack of information on candidates.

She believes the online information holds the promise of “educating and encouraging” people to vote for judges. First to be featured on the site will be the municipal court judgeships up for election this fall. O’Connor has also proposed additional ways to elevate the visibility of judicial races which include moving them to off-years and placing them at the top of the ballot rather than at the bottom where they now reside.

For more information or to view the website, click this link: judicialvotescount.org.