Ohio Judicial Appointment Amendment (2011)
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Ohio is one of 21 states that elects their justices. In 1987, Ohio voters defeated the Ohio End the Direct Election of Appellate Judges, Issue 3 (1987), which proposed abolishing the election of Supreme Court and Appeals Court judges.
Ohio Chief Justice Thomas Moyer was among the supporters of a "merit selection" system. Justice Moyer argued that a "merit system" would help reduce the influence of money in judicial election races. Barbara Howard, the president of the Ohio Bar Association, and Meg Flack, president of the League of Women Voters in Ohio, also support the proposed amendment.
Path to the ballot
Supporters said they planned to attempt to place the measure via the legislature. In order to place the measure on the ballot, the proposed measure must garner support by 3/5 of lawmakers in the House and the Senate. However, supporters also have the option of proposing the measure as an initiated constitutional amendment. If that method is chosen, supporters will have to collect a minimum of 400,000 valid signatures. However, the measure did not get placed on the ballot.
- Associated Press, "Justices making new push to abolish elected judges," December 11, 2009
- Legal Newsline, "O'Connor leads push against judicial elections," December 11, 2009