September 25, 2015

2015 Judicial Preference Poll Results

The Columbus Bar Association’s annual Judicial Preference Poll closed for voting on Sept. 18, and the results are now available. This information is not intended as an endorsement for candidates but as a service to help voters make an informed decision when voting for judicial candidates.

Polling ballots were sent to 7038 attorneys in Franklin County. Respondents were asked to indicate the Franklin County Municipal Court candidate they preferred. Of the ten judicial races being decided on Nov. 3 in Franklin County, three are contested. A total of 625 votes were cast for the candidates. The poll was conducted online by Votenet Solutions and a statement included with the ballot requested that attorneys without “sufficient current knowledge or information about the candidates” abstain from voting in the poll.

The Columbus Bar conducts two polls each year in an effort to provide merit-based, non-partisan information to voters about the elected judiciary. The preference poll of judicial candidates is conducted each fall. A performance poll of sitting judges is conducted each spring.