Maine Judicial Term Limits (1976)
The Maine Judicial Term Limits Referendum was on the November 2, 1976 ballot in Maine as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved. The measure allowed justices whose terms of office had expired or who had reached the mandatory retirement age to hold office for up to six month longer or until a successor is appointed, whichever occurs first. This amended Section 4 of Article VI of the Maine Constitution.
|Maine Judicial Term Limits Referendum (1976)|
Text of measure
The language appeared on the ballot as:
This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
"Shall the Constitution be amended as proposed by a resolution of the Legislature to allow judges whose terms of office expire or who reach mandatory retirement age to continue to hold office for up to 6 months until their successors are appointed?"
|Section 4. Tenure of judicial officers. All judicial officers shall hold their offices for the term of seven years from the time of the respective appointments (unless sooner removed by impeachment or by address of both branches of the Legislature to the executive, and provided further that justices of the peace may be removed from office in such a manner as the Legislature may provide) |
- Maine 1976 ballot measures
- 1976 ballot measures
- List of Maine ballot measures
- History of Initiative & Referendum in Maine
- Lewiston Daily Sun, "Specimen Ballot," October 28, 1975
- Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library, Proposed Constitutional Amendments 1820-
- National Conference of State Legislatures, State Ballot Measures Database
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