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The Vote's in Your Court
The Vote’s in Your Court is a resource for voters regarding judges and judicial elections. It includes the “Guide for Florida Voters,” an easy-to-read, nonpartisan brochure about the courts, the role of judges and the merit retention process.

2022 Election Dates

  • Primary Election: August 23. The registration deadline is July 25.
  • General Election: November 8. The registration deadline is October 11.

Visit the Florida Division of Elections website for more information.

Guide for Florida Voters

The Guide for Florida Voters (Una Guía Para Los Votantes De Le Florida) answers questions such as:

Printed guides available in both English and Spanish are distributed to supervisors of elections offices and public libraries across the state.

Click on image to download the PDF

Judicial Elections

County court candidates run in nonpartisan, contested elections for six-year terms. Circuit court judges serve six-year terms and are elected by voters of the circuits in nonpartisan, contested elections.

Judicial Candidate Voluntary Self-Disclosure Statements

Judicial Candidate Voluntary Self-Disclosure Statements give county and circuit court judicial candidates the opportunity to share information about their education, credentials and other relevant details with voters.

Map showing Florida's 20 judicial districts by county

Merit Retention

Supreme Court justices and District Courts of Appeal (DCA) judges are appointed by the governor. Newly appointed judges go on the ballot for the first time within two years after appointment. If the voters retain them, they then go on the ballot again every six years.

Merit Retention Biographies

Every two years, The Florida Bar provides biographies of DCA judges and Florida Supreme Court justices in merit retention elections. Click on the map to see which counties are in which districts.

Biographies of judges up for merit retention in the 2022 election cycle will be posted in July.

Florida Bar Merit Retention Poll

Every two years, the Florida Bar’s Constitutional Judiciary Committee oversees a statewide merit retention poll that asks in-state Florida Bar members to rate judges and justices who are up for retention votes and of whom they have direct knowledge. The poll results may be useful to Florida voters.

The merit retention poll for the 2022 election cycle will go out in August.

View 2020 poll results

Map that shows which counties are in which District Court of Appeals

What is merit retention?

...and why am I being asked to vote on it?

Florida law requires Florida Supreme Court justices and appeals court judges to be placed on the ballot every six years so voters can determine whether they should remain on their courts for another term.

Voter & Candidate Resources