Welcome to the Judicial Vote 2017 website, sponsored by the Judicial Excellence Committee of the Allegheny County Bar Association. We have the obligation to provide the citizens of Allegheny County with as much information as possible to help voters make informed choices when they select candidates for Allegheny County's judiciary and when they are asked to vote to retain judges who are currently on the bench.
Understanding how judicial elections work can be confusing. Please use this website as a tool to help you understand the judicial election/retention processes and to get the ACBA’s specific recommendations on current candidates.
Details on how judges are elected in Pennsylvania can be found on the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania website, here. Additionally, a May 2017 NPR radio piece – featuring comments from ACBA President Melaine Shannon Rothey – detailed the process.
The election for new judges will be held on May 16, 2017.