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The Vote’s in YOUR COURT - Judicial Merit Retention

The Vote's in Your Court - Judicial merit retention. Know the Facts

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Official results of the 2014 elections are posted on the Division of Elections website.

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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?

Guide for Florida Voters 2014 merit retention ballot
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Merit Retention Election/2014
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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.
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[Revised: 06-01-2015]