Chief Justice Offers Suggestions For Election Reform

May 10, 2013

The Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court has a plan that she thinks will reform the process of electing justices.

Justice Maureen O’Connor says she’d like to keep party affiliation of judges off the ballot in primary and general elections. And she wants Ohio to start placing judicial races at the top of the ticket, hoping that doing so will lead to more voter participation in those races. O’Connor also wonders whether it might be best to move Judicial races to odd numbered years so they get more attention from voters. She says she wants more input from the public on the best way to elect judges.

O’Connor made her comments at a meeting of the Ohio State Bar Association in Cleveland. She is hoping a concrete proposal for election reform will be available by the end of the year.