Reelection and Retention

States likewise vary in their approaches when a judge’s term expires. States generally follow one of three methods. First, some judges are reelected by popular election. Second, some judges are subject to a retention election, where the judge is the only person listed on a ballot. The question posed in a retention election asks voters whether a judge should be retained. Third, some judges are reappointed to additional terms.


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