Nevada Appointed Judges' Term of Office, Question 6 (2002)

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The Nevada Appointed Judges' Term of Office Question, also known as Question 6, was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment on the November 7, 2002 election ballot in Nevada, where it was defeated.

Election results

Question 6 (Appointed Judges' Term of Office)
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No279,23359.22%
Yes 192,284 40.78%

Official results via: Nevada Legislative Counsel Bureau - Research Division

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

Shall the Nevada Constitution be amended to revise the term of office of a Supreme Court justice or district court judge who is appointed to fill a vacancy?[1]

The language that appeared in the voter's guide:

EXPLANATION
The Nevada Constitution specifies that the elective term of office of a Supreme Court justice or district court judge is 6 years. If an elected justice or judge is unable to complete his or her term of office, the vacancy is filled by appointment through a judicial selection process, as outlined in the Constitution. A justice or judge appointed to fill a vacancy must run in the next General Election (held in November in even-numbered years) to fill the balance of the original term of office. Depending on the particular circumstances, a person who is appointed to fill such a vacancy may serve in that capacity for as little as a few months to more than two years.
The proposed amendment to the Constitution would extend the time before a judicial vacancy must be filled by election. In most cases, this provision would allow an appointed justice or district judge to serve at least 12 months before that office is subject to a General Election. However, this extension of time before an election must be held would not apply if the date of appointment is made within the final 12 months of the original 6-year term of office. In such a case, the successor would be elected at the next General Election. The proposal also clarifies that an election to fill a vacated judicial office is only for the remainder of the unexpired term when any years remain in the original 6-year term of office.[1]

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