Maine Probate Judges and Justices of the Peace Selection, Proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 3 (1980)

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The Maine Probate Judges and Justices of the Peace Selection Referendum, also known as Proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 3, was on the November 4, 1980 ballot in Maine as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved.[1] The measure provided that the judges of probate and justices of the peace were to be appointed by the governor unless another method of selection is specified in the constitution or in the statutes. The measure eliminated certain technical problems relating to reappointment of justices of the peace. It also provided that the seven year terms of judicial officers would only apply to officers appointed by the governor. This amended Sections 4 and 8 of Article V, Part First of the Maine Constitution.[2][3]

Background

In 1967, the constitutional status of the office of judges of probate was repealed and made statutory. In 1984, the initial term of justices of the peace was made an appointment of the governor. In 1978, the constitutional status of the office of justices of the peace was repealed and made statutory.[1]

Election results

Maine Proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 3 (1980)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 288,116 64.75%
No156,88035.25%

Election results via: Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library, Proposed Constitutional Amendments 1820-

Text of measure

See also: Maine Constitution, Article V, Part First, Section 4 and Section 8

The language appeared on the ballot as:[3]

"Shall the Constitution of Maine be amended to allow either the Constitution or statutes to determine the manner of selection of judges of probate and justices of the peace?" [4]

Constitutional changes

The full text of the constitutional changes made by this measure can be read here.

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