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Indiana State Bar Association members say ‘yes’ to judges up for retention

Thursday, October 4, 2018  
Posted by: Michael Sanserino
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INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana State Bar Association has completed its compilation of the 2018 Judicial Retention Poll responses. Results indicate strong support by ISBA members of Indiana Supreme Court Justice Geoffrey G. Slaughter and Indiana Court of Appeals Judge Robert R. Altice Jr., both of whom are seeking retention on the Nov. 6 Election Day ballot.

“Indiana State Bar Association attorney members recently evaluated two of our state appellate judges who will appear on the November 2018 ballot for retention,” said Andi M. Metzel, Indiana State Bar Association President. “While not a scientific poll, our members responded to a survey and indicated by large percentages their favorable support to retain both jurists. As a conveyor of information to educate the profession and the public, ISBA shares these results before Hoosier voters head to the polls and vote yes or no to retention.”

ISBA members were electronically surveyed from Sept. 13 through Sept. 30. Of the 10,530 members polled, 968 cast ballots. These results, and the valuable information at the Indiana Courts retention website,, will help Hoosiers make an informed decision on Election Day.

The yes/no retention results of the judges are as follows:

Justice Geoffrey G. Slaughter: Yes: 90.35 percent; No: 9.65 percent (943 votes cast)

Judge Robert R. Altice Jr.: Yes: 89.67 percent; No: 10.33 percent; (949 votes cast)

Indiana appellate court judges face an approval vote in the first general election that occurs at least two years after their appointment, and every 10 years thereafter. Indiana voters will have an opportunity to cast their ballot concerning the judges’ retention next month.

About the Indiana State Bar Association:

Founded in 1896, the Indiana State Bar Association is the single largest legal organization in the state. The ISBA serves and advocates on behalf of its members, their clients and the public interest as the independent voice of the legal profession. The ISBA’s office is located in downtown Indianapolis. For more information about the Indiana State Bar Association, visit

Media Contact:

Michael Sanserino

Communications Manager, Indiana State Bar Association