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Judicial Campaigns and Elections: California

Voter Guides

The secretary of state's office distributes a voter information guide for the general election that includes information about the education and professional background of appellate judges standing for retention and about the judicial selection process. The guide is available on the internet and is sent to the home of every registered voter. Click here for information about judges standing for retention in 2010.

Superior court candidates may file a candidate statement for inclusion in the voter's pamphlets prepared by the registrar of voters in each county. However, candidates who wish to be included in the voter's pamphlet may be required to pay their estimated pro rata share of the cost of printing and mailing the statement. Many candidates are unable or unwilling to publish a statement in the voter's pamphlet because of the cost.