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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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Guide for Florida Voters 2016 merit retention ballot

The 2016 Guide for Florida Voters: Questions and Answers about Florida Judges, Judicial Elections and Merit Retention PDF document opens in new window 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?

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Merit Retention Election/2016
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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 2016, three Supreme Court justices and 28 of the state's 61 appeals court judges will be on the ballot.
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[Revised: 04-29-2016]