Below are some questions and answers about the upcoming merit retention elections.

How did Florida decide to use the merit retention election system? In the mid-1970s, Florida’s voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment requiring that the merit retention system be used for all appellate judges. This vote came after the public became concerned about abuses that occurred because of the earlier system of contested elections.

Where can I find results from prior merit retention elections? The Florida Division of Elections maintains a searchable database of election results since 1978. Merit retention elections occur only during General Elections in even-numbered years if any appeals court judges or justices are nearing the end of their terms.