COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Supreme Court has backtracked, voting to reinstate
a ban on judicial candidates revealing their party affiliations during general
The high court announced on Jan. 20 that justices voted 5-2 to reinstate the
prohibition, reversing course just weeks after lifting the ban.
Chief Justice Thomas Moyer said a majority of the justices felt retaining the
ban on party ID was important to preserving the nonpartisan nature of judicial
Moyer was joined in supporting reinstatement by Justices Evelyn Lundberg
Stratton, Maureen O'Connor, Terrence O'Donnell and Robert Cupp.
Justices Paul Pfeifer and Judith Lanzinger voted no, citing the U.S. Supreme
Court decision Republican
Party of Minnesota v. White, which struck down a state law restricting
certain judicial campaign speech.