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Alaska judicial elections

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Judges in Alaska face retention elections in November of even-numbered years.[1]

Supreme Court Courts of Appeal Superior Court District Court
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Retention election

In these elections, judges do not compete against another candidate, but voters are given a "yes" or "no" choice whether to keep the judge in office for another term. The judge must receive a majority of "yes" votes to remain in office. Judges must face their first retention at the next general election occurring at least three years after their appointment. The exception to this are the district court judges, who face retention two years after their appointment.[1]

At least 60 days prior to the election, the Alaska Judicial Council publishes its evaluations of the judges up for retention.[2][3][4][5]



Judges must file for retention by August 1.[1]


The filing fees for judges seeking retention to each type of court are:

  • Supreme court: $100[6]
  • Court of appeals: $100[7]
  • Superior court: $30[8]
  • District court: $30[9]


Election results are posted on the Alaska Division of Elections website.



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