Sponsors of a new website hope more information about judges, and Ohio courts in general, will result in more ballots cast in Ohio judicial races:
VOTING: The goal of a new website is to provide information and get more voters to cast a ballot for judges.
In 2014, more than 3 million votes were cast for Ohio governor, but only about 2.5 million voters made a choice for the Ohio Supreme Court.
A 2014 survey found this drop-off in voters was primarily due to a lack of information about judicial candidates and the court system in general.
The new website, JudicialVotesCount.org, hopes to educate voters and address the lack of information.
JudicialVotesCount is a joint effort of the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron, Ohio Supreme Court Justice Maureen O’Connor, the League of Women Voters of Ohio, and the Ohio State Bar Association, the co-sponsors of the judicial elections survey.
John Green, director of the Bliss Institute, said the website explains the court system, offers links to websites about voting, and provides basic information about the judges. It will display details on 55 municipal court judges up for election in November, with plans for a bigger push in 2016 when more judges are on the ballot.