Arkansas Judicial Appointments, Alternate Proposal (1980)

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The Arkansas Alternate Proposal to the Proposed Constitution of 1980 was a constitutional convention referral on the ballot in Arkansas on November 4, 1980, where it was voted that state Supreme Court justices should be chosen through nonpartisan elections .[1]
  • The option selected ensured that state Supreme Court justices would be selected through nonpartisan elections instead of through merit-based appointment.

Election results

Alternate Proposal to Proposed Constitution of 1980
Defeatedd Merit-based appointment 264,849 44.22%
Approveda Nonpartisan election 334,092 55.78%

Official results via: Arkansas Secretary of State

Text of measure

  • FOR Merit Selection by Appointment of Supreme Court Justices and Court of Appeals Judges
  • FOR Nonpartisan Election of Supreme Court Justices and Court of Appeals Judges

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