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[SUPREME] More Than One Million Voters Say "Yes" to Justices
Start Date: 11/7/2012 All Day
End Date: 11/7/2012
Entry Description

Voters solidly approved the two Indiana Supreme Court Justices on the 2012 retention ballot.  This also marks the second election where any Indiana Supreme Court Justice has attracted more than one million “yes” votes.  According to the numbers most recently available from the Indiana Secretary of State, Indiana Supreme Court Justice Steven H. David and Justice Robert D. Rucker each garnered significant statewide support.

• 1,058,347 voters cast their ballot in favor of retaining Justice Steven H. David
• 1,084,468 voters cast their ballot in favor of retaining Justice Robert D. Rucker

In 2008, Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard, Justice Theodore R. Boehm and Justice Brent E. Dickson each attracted more than one million “yes” votes.  It was the first time a retention election reached the one million vote mark.  Once again, with overwhelming support, voters statewide asked that the two justices be returned to the bench with more than 68% approval. 

Justice David thanked voters for their support and said, “I was selected to be a guardian of the law, not to make it.  I have long-pledged to protect the Constitution of Indiana and I will continue to honor that oath with this ten-year vote of confidence.  I appreciate the voters' trust in me, and I look forward to many more years of faithful public service to my fellow Hoosiers.”  Justice Rucker made similar remarks, “I am honored to have the trust of so many voters across our state.  I will continue to hear arguments and write opinions with my four colleagues on the bench, always searching to resolve the state’s most complicated disputes based on the law.” 

The Indiana Division of State Court Administration designed a website specifically for voters interested in learning about the judges on the ballot.  The site was launched in July.  It gave voters access to biographical information about the judges and details about the decisions they have made while on the bench.  Chief Justice Dickson noted, “The goal is to enable Indiana citizens to be able to obtain information about retention candidates without the judges devoting extensive time to campaign activities.”  More than 12,500 people visited the website, which can still be viewed at

Appellate judges were first placed on the statewide ballot in 1972.  At that time, Indiana moved to a merit selection system for appellate judges.  The Judicial Nominating Commission interviews judicial applicants and provides the Governor with a list of candidates.  The Governor makes the final selection.  Once appointed, after serving two years, a judge must stand for retention in the first statewide general election. 

There are five Indiana Supreme Court Justices, 15 Court of Appeals Judges, and one Tax Court Judge.  Not all judges are up for retention at the same time. 

Contact Information:
Name: Kathryn Dolan
Phone: 317-234-4722
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