Pennsylvania judicial elections

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Judges in Pennsylvania are elected either in retention election or partisan elections. This is the only state in the nation that holds its judicial elections solely in odd-numbered years.


Supreme Court Superior Court Commonwealth Court Court of Common Pleas Magisterial District Courts Municipal and Traffic Courts
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Primary election

  • Though the state holds partisan elections, most candidates cross-file with the major political parties. If a candidate wins both the Republican and Democratic primary, she or he runs unopposed in the general election.

Results

Statewide results are posted on the Department of State website. County results are posted on the county election websites.

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Elections

Notes

  • If a judge is not retained in the general election, the standard appointment process is utilized to find a new judge.[1]

See also

External links

References

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