Ohio Issue 1, Judicial Vacancies Act (1942)

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The Ohio Judicial Vacancies Amendment was on the November 3, 1942 ballot in Ohio as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved.[1] This amendment authorizes the Ohio Governor to appoint replacements for vacancies on various Ohio courts.

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Ohio Issue 1 (1942)
Approveda Yes 954,704 68.01%

Election results via the Ohio Secretary of State.[2]

Text of measure

See also: Ohio Constitution Section 13, Article IV

The language appeared on the ballot as:[3]

To amend Section 13 of Article IV of the Constitution of the state of Ohio relative to vacancies in judicial office.

Sec. 13 In case the office of any judge shall become vacant, before the expiration of the regular term for which he was elected, the vacancy shall be filled by appointment by the governor, until a successor is elected and has qualified, and such successor shall be elected for the unexpired term, at the first general election for the office which is vacant that occurs more than forty days after the vacancy shall have occurred, provided, however, that when the unexpired term ends within one year immediately following the date of such general election, an election to fill such unexpired term shall not be held and the appointment shall be for such unexpired term.


If the votes for the proposal shall exceed those against it, this amendment shall take effect, and existing section 13 of article IV of the constitution of the state of Ohio shall be repealed and annulled.[4]

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