Judge Pat Fischer of Cincinatti gave an overview of why the general public should do their research when it comes to judicial elections. 
The judge gave various scenarios such as divorce, adoption, criminal sentencing and parental termination, explaining that these can only be handled by judges. However, he noted that people don't often know who they are voting for when they cast their votes in judicial elections. Ohio judges see over 1.5 million cases each year, and each case personally affects someone. 
As a result, a number of organizations came together to form JudicialVotesCount.org, a compendium of information about each judge up for election. For more information, or for information on the judges in your community, please visit blogs.akron.edu/JudicialVotesCount.org.