Kentucky Supreme Court elections
|The seven justices of the Kentucky Supreme Court are elected to eight-year terms in nonpartisan elections. They must run for re-election if they wish to serve subsequent terms.
Selection of the chief justice
In order to serve on either this court, a judge must be:
If a midterm vacancy occurs, the governor appoints a successor from a list of three names provided by the Kentucky Judicial Nominating Commission. The new justice runs for the seat in the next general election, unless the next election is less than three months away. In that case, the judge runs in the following election.
In 2008, incumbent Justice Lisabeth Hughes Abramson was challenged by Jim Shake. who won election to the court with 55% of the vote. Abramson and Shake both applied to fill the vacancy on the court created by the retirement of William E. McAnulty, Jr. in 2007; Abramson was appointed by Governor Ernie Fletcher.
- American Judicature Society, "Methods of Judicial Selection: Kentucky," October 2, 2014
- Kentucky Secretary of State, "Supreme Court candidates"
- Kentucky Secretary of State, "Official Election Results"
- Kentucky Board of Elections, "Official Results," November 26, 2008
- Project Vote Smart, "Justice Lisabeth Hughes Abramson (KY)"
- Kentucky Supreme Court, "Justice Lisabeth Hughes Abramson"
- Shake in 08, "Shake biography"
- Follow the Money.org, "Lisabeth Hughes Abramson - 2008 campaign contributions"
- Follow the Money.org, "James M. (Jim) Shake - 2008 campaign contributions"
- Louisville Bar Association, "LBA Judicial Poll Results," 2008 (dead link)
- Kentucky Secretary of States, 2006 General Election Results
- Kentucky Secretary of States, 2004 General Election Results
- Kentucky Secretary of State, 2002 General Election Results
- Kentucky Secretary of States, 2000 General Election Results