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Pennsylvania judicial elections, 2015

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Election dates

  • Filing deadline: March 11, 2015
  • Primary: May 19, 2015
  • General: November 3, 2015
Want to learn more about the judicial elections in Pennsylvania? Check out the Pennsylvania Supreme Court elections, 2015 page for an in-depth exploration of the candidates, issues, politics and news surrounding the state's high court races.

Candidates: Contested

Candidates will be posted here after the filing deadline.

Process

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

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.

Retention

After a judge has won an initial partisan election, subsequent terms are attained through retention elections. In retention elections, judges do not compete against another candidate, but voters are given a "yes" or "no" choice whether to keep the justice in office for another term. If the candidate receives more yes votes than no votes, he or she is successfully retained. If not, the candidate is not retained, and there will be a vacancy in that court upon the expiration of that term. This applies to all judges except magisterial district judges, who are always elected in partisan elections.[1]

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