South Dakota Merit Selection of Judges (2004)
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South Dakota Amendment A, also known as the act providing for the merit selection of circuit court judges, appeared on the November 2, 2004 election ballot in South Dakota as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was defeated.
Text of measure
The language that appeared on the ballot:
Under the Constitution, circuit court judges are elected on a non-political ballot for eight year terms. The Governor appoints judges to fill vacancies for the balance of unexpired terms. Nominees for vacancies are selected by the judicial qualifications commission.
Amendment A would change the Constitution by establishing an appointment and retention election procedure. New judges would be appointed by the Governor from nominees selected by the judicial qualifications commission. Judges would be subject to a retention election on a non-political ballot three years after appointment, and every eight years after that, by the voters of the circuit the judge represents.