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Arkansas judicial elections

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Judges in Arkansas are elected in non-partisan elections. These general elections take place on the same day as the primary elections for non-judge races in the state. Elections take place in even-numbered years.[1]

Non-partisan general election

Judicial candidates compete in a non-partisan general election. If no candidate wins a majority, the two candidates with the most votes participate in a runoff. If a runoff is required, it takes place on the same day as the general election for partisan races, and runoff candidates appear on the general election ballot.[2][3]


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Notes

If a vacancy is filled via gubernatorial appointment, the appointed judge is prohibited from running for the seat in the next election. Instead, she or he must step down or run for a different position.[4]

Filing

Candidates choose whether to file by petition or pay a filing fee.[2]

Dates

Candidates who choose to pay the filing fee do so with the secretary of state, as opposed to a political party. The filing period takes place the week before March, ending on the first day of the month. Candidates who choose to file petitions must do so between 53 and 46 days before the beginning of the party filing period. Candidates have 60 days to gather petitions before the deadline.[2][5]

Petition filing

There are different requirements for different courts for candidates filing by petition. In all cases, the "number of electors" refers to the number of electors in the district who voted for governor in the preceding election. Between the flat number of signatures or the percentage of electors, whichever amount is smaller is used.

  • Supreme court: 10,000 signatures or 3 percent of the number of electors
  • Court of appeals: 2,000 signatures or 3 percent of the number of electors
  • Circuit court: 2,000 signatures or 3 percent of the number of electors
  • District court: 2,000 signatures or 1 percent of the number of electors[2]

Fee filing

The State Board of Election Commissioners established the following fees for candidates not filing by petition. The candidate pays the fee to the secretary of state upon filing:

  • Chief justice of the supreme court: 6 percent of the annual salary
  • Associate justice of the supreme court: 6 percent of the annual salary
  • Court of appeals: 5 percent of the annual salary
  • Circuit court: 4 percent of the annual salary
  • State district court: 3 percent of the annual salary

Local district judges have separate filing fees, decided by the locality.[2]

Results

Results are posted on the Arkansas Secretary of State, "Past election results," 2011, accessed April 24, 2014 Secretary of State website.[6]

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Elections

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