Ballot title approved for Missouri reform of judicial selection
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri: Yesterday, Secretary of State Robin Carnahan approved the petition form and ballot title language for the Missouri Judicial Selection Amendment, which supporters are trying to place on the November 2010 ballot.
The approved ballot title reads as follows:
Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to repeal the current nonpartisan court plan for the selection of judges of the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, and Courts in St. Louis City and Jackson, Platte, Clay, St. Louis, and Greene Counties and to create a new method of selecting such judges through appointment by the Governor with advice and consent of the Missouri Senate?
The proposed ballot measure is supported by Better Courts for Missouri, which works to eliminate the current system that, they say, is prone to being influenced by special interest groups. Signatures to place the measure on the 2010 ballot are due by May 2, 2010.
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch, "Ballot title approved for Missouri court plan repeal," September 8, 2009
- Columbia Daily Tribune, "Drive targets judge selection," July 13, 2009
- Judgepedia.org, "Better Courts for Missouri," 2009
- The Kansas City Star, "Petition OK'd to change the way Missouri picks judges," September 8, 2009