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Judges in Louisiana participate in partisan elections. Elections in the state are held multiple times throughout both odd and even-numbered years.

Primary election

Judges compete in a primary election against candidates of all parties. If no candidate receives over 50 percent of the vote (a "majority vote"), the top two candidates run against each other in the general election. If a candidate does receive a majority vote in the primary, he or she is declared elected as an unopposed candidate and will not be listed on the general election ballot.[1]

For two or more open seats

In the event that candidates are competing for more than one open seat on a court, the majority vote is decided by "dividing the total votes cast for all of the candidates by the number of offices to be filled [and] dividing the result so obtained by two," according to the Secretary of State website. The SOS goes on to give the following example:

1040 total votes cast ÷ 3 offices to be filled = 346.6
346.6 ÷ 2 = 173.3

In the above example, 174 votes are necessary to win for each of the 3 offices.[1]

General election

A general election is won by obtaining the highest number of votes. In the case of races with two or more open seats, the two or more candidates with the highest votes are declared the winners. If there is a tie, an additional election will be scheduled for the third Saturday after the announcement of the election results.[1]

The judges are elected to the following terms, respectively, after which they must seek re-election if they wish to retain the seat:

Supreme Court Court of Appeals District Court Family Courts (East Baton Rouge Parish) Juvenile Courts (Caddo, Orleans, Jefferson and East Baton Rouge Parishes) Justice of the Peace Courts
Partisan election - 10 year terms Partisan election - 10 year terms Partisan election - 6 year terms Partisan election - 6 year terms Partisan election - 6 year terms (8 in Orleans Parish) Partisan election - 4 year terms


Results for all races are posted on the Louisiana Secretary of State's Geaux Vote website.



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