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Missouri Supreme Court Justices Elections Amendment (2014)

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A Missouri Supreme Court Justices Elections Amendment may appear on a 2014 election ballot in the state of Missouri as an initiated constitutional amendment. Two similar petitions are currently circulating that would ask voters whether or not the Missouri Constitution should be amended to:[1]
  • Require judges for the state's appellate and Supreme Court to run as partisan candidates for the posts;
  • Expand the number of state Supreme Court judges from seven to nine; and
  • Shorten Supreme Court judges' terms of office to eight years.

Supreme Court judges currently serve 12 years before coming up for a "retention vote," at which point citizens can vote them out of their posts. However, voters cannot put high-court judges in office.[1]

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See also: Amending the Missouri Constitution

The supporting group has until May 4, 2014 to turn in the required amount of valid signatures to the Missouri Secretary of State's office. Missouri law states that signatures must be obtained from registered voters equal to eight percent of the total votes cast in the 2012 governor's election from six of the state's eight congressional districts, meaning supporters must submit at least 157,788 valid signatures by the May deadline.[1]

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