What’s with the Judicial Retention Questions at the End of the Ballot?

  • PA law requires that judges go up for a retention vote every 10 years.
  • Easttown voters’ ballot will list FIVE judges up for retention.
  • PA judges are initially elected in partisan contests.
  • Retention votes are not contests; you vote “yes” or “no.”

Instead of an election, Pennsylvania is one of 11 states that uses retention questions to confirm a new judicial term for incumbent judges. In the coming year, some of the Pennsylvania judges will be making key decisions on redistricting, voter suppression laws, a women’s right to choose, environmental laws and other key decisions that will affect our quality of life. 

On your November 7th ballot, Easttown voters will be asked to vote in favor or against the retention of four judges: two Superior Court judges and two Court of Common Pleas judges. Learn more about the retention questions. We are recommending that voters vote Yes to retain Jack Panella for Superior Court Judge who is the only registered Democrat among the judges on the ballot. See our sample ballots

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