Kentucky Supreme Court elections
The seven justices of the Kentucky Supreme Court are elected to eight year terms in non-partisan elections.
If a vacancy occurs midterm, the governor appoints a successor, with consent from the Kentucky Judicial Nominating Commission. The new justice runs for the seat in the next general election, unless the next election is less than three months away. In that case, the judge runs in the following election.
The chief justice is chosen by other members of the court to serve a four year term.
In order to serve on the Supreme Court, one must be:
See also: Kentucky judicial elections, 2012
See also: Kentucky judicial elections, 2010
In 2008, incumbent Justice Lisabeth Hughes Abramson was challenged by Jim Shake, and was elected to the court with 55% of the vote. Abramson and Shake both applied to fill the vacancy on the court created by the retirement of William E. McAnulty, Jr. in 2007; Abramson was appointed by Governor Ernie Fletcher.
- American Judicature Society, Methods of Judicial Selection: Kentucky
- Supreme Court candidates
- Kentucky Secretary of State, Official Election Results
- Kentucky Board of Elections, "Official Results," November 26, 2008
- Project Vote Smart, Justice Lisabeth Hughes Abramson (KY)
- Kentucky Supreme Court, Justice Lisabeth Hughes Abramson (dead link)
- Shake biography (dead link)
- Follow the Money.org: Lisabeth Hughes Abramson - 2008 campaign contributions
- Follow the Money.org: James M. (Jim) Shake - 2008 campaign contributions
- Louisville Bar Association, "LBA Judicial Poll Results," 2008
- Kentucky Secretary of States, 2006 General Election Results
- Kentucky Secretary of States, 2004 General Election Results
- Kentucky Secretary of State, 2002 General Election Results
- Kentucky Secretary of States, 2000 General Election Results