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The Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court, Maureen O’Connor, addressed the Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission concerning possible changes to judicial elections.

She urged the panel to act next year to put a least one proposed constitutional amendment before voters, one that would move judicial elections to odd-numbered years. That change would mean judicial candidates would not have to compete over the din of presidential, gubernatorial, and other federal and state campaigns.

See Toledo Blade,  August 19, 2013, Ohio Justice Seeks to End Party Label.    Justice O’Connor also mentioned eliminating partisan primaries for judges, but the legislature could accomplish that without a change to the Ohio Constitution.

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