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Election 2020: MI Supreme Court

Voters will fill two of the seven seats on the Michigan Supreme Court in November. There are seven candidates and the top two will receive eight-year terms.

The seats are currently held by Chief Justice Bridget Mary McCormack, who is running for re-election after completing her first term, and by Justice Stephen Markman, who cannot run again because Michigan law prohibits judicial candidates who are over the age of 70.

Candidates are listed as nonpartisan on the ballot, but political parties do select nominees. The court currently has a 4-3 conservative majority, but that could change depending on the outcome of the election.

As part of Michigan Radio's Election 2020 coverage, Morning Edition host Doug Tribou interviewed candidates about their professional experience and views on key legal issues for the state.

With the start of the new year comes the start of a new term for the Michigan Supreme Court. The court's newest member is Justice Elizabeth Welch.

Welch won one of two seats in November, along with Chief Justice Bridget Mary McCormack, who was reelected to her second eight-year term. Although candidates are listed as nonpartisan on the ballot, both were Democratic Party nominees, and that ended the court's Republican-backed majority.

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Michigan Supreme Court

Changes are coming to the Michigan Supreme Court. Voters elected West Michigan attorney Elizabeth Welch and reelected Chief Justice Bridget Mary McCormack. Both were Democratic Party nominees, and in the new term, the court will flip to a majority of justices backed by Democrats. The court will also have more women than men.

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Michigan voters will elect two justices to the state Supreme Court in November. Bridget Mary McCormack is one of the seven candidates.

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Vote Nepton

Michigan voters will elect two justices to the state Supreme Court in November. Katherine Mary Nepton is one of the seven candidates.

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Mary Kelly for Justice

Michigan voters will elect two justices to the state Supreme Court in November. Mary Kelly is one of the seven candidates. 

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Susan Hubbard for Justice

Michigan voters will elect two justices to the state Supreme Court in November. Susan Hubbard is one of the seven candidates. 

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Courtesy of Kerry Lee Morgan

Michigan voters will elect two justices to the state Supreme Court in November. Kerry Lee Morgan is one of the seven candidates.

Michigan voters will elect two justices to the state Supreme Court in November. Elizabeth Welch is one of the seven candidates.

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Brock Swartzle for Justice

Michigan voters will elect two justices to the state Supreme Court in November. Brock Swartzle is one of the seven candidates.