The Florida Bar
The Vote’s in YOUR COURT - Judicial Merit Retention
Official results of the 2014 elections are posted on the Division of Elections website.
Guia 2014 Para Los Votantes
The Guide for Florida Voters: Questions and Answers about Florida Judges, Judicial Elections and Merit Retention has answers to questions such as:
- What is the difference between a county and circuit court judge and an appellate judge?
- Why is it important to vote in judicial elections and merit retention elections?
- What exactly does a judge do?
- Sources of authority and guidance regarding political activity by judges and judicial campaigns
- Frequently Asked Questions on Merit Retention
- Florida Bar Merit Retention Poll Results
- Poll shows support for appellate judges standing for retention - Sept. 15 Bar News
- League of Women Voters of Florida Voter Guide
- 1. In the upcoming general election, why am I being asked to vote "yes" or "no" on some District Court of Appeal judges? (Video YouTube 58 sec.)
3. How did Florida decide to use the merit retention election system and where can I learn more about it? (Video YouTube 1:08 min.)
Merit Retention Election/2014
Florida law requires Florida Supreme Court justices and appeals court judges to be placed on the ballot in nonpartisan elections every six years so voters can determine whether the judges or justices should remain on their courts for another six-year term. These are called "merit retention" elections. In 2014, 22 of the state's 61 appeals court judges were on the ballot; no Supreme Court justices were on the ballot. Results of the election are available on the Division of Elections website.