Date of Graduation
Honors Research Project
Bachelor of Science
Political Science - Criminal Justice - Track 2
Dr. Nancy Marion
Prof. Phil Marcin
Prof. John Matejkovic
As political elections are becoming more expensive, judicial elections are also following this trend. This project focuses on elections at the state supreme court level. There are three different methods used to select state supreme court justices, which are: partisan, nonpartisan, and merit selections. The intent of this project is to provide an empirical analysis of the differences in amounts raised between judicial selection methods. This will be done by examining the amount of money that is raised by state supreme court candidates in Ohio, compared to Florida. Ohio is a state that uses partisan elections, while Florida uses the merit system. By empirically showing that more money is raised in a state that uses partisan elections, this serves to supplement and strengthen the existing research regarding the differences in amounts raised between judicial selection methods.
Briach, Michael, "An Empirical Analysis of State Supreme Court Candidate Fundraising" (2015). Honors Research Projects. 92.