South Carolina Referendum 4B, Judicial Nominating Commission (1996)

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South Carolina Referendum 4B was on the November 5, 1996 ballot in South Carolina as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved.

Referendum 4B amended Article V of the South Carolina Constitution by adding a new section, Section 27. Section 27 provided for "the creation of a merit selection commission to nominate candidates the commission has determined to be qualified for election to judicial positions."

Election results

Referendum 4B
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 755,272 82.14%
No164,24717.86%

Ballot text

Question


"Shall Article V of the Constitution of this State be amended by adding Section 27 so as to provide that the General Assembly by law shall establish a judicial merit selection commission to nominate candidates for election to judicial positions on the courts of this State which are filled by election of the General Assembly, to provide that the General Assembly must elect judges and justices for these courts from among these nominees, to provide that no person may be elected to these judicial positions unless he or she has been found qualified by the commission, and to provide that before a sitting member of the General Assembly may submit an application with the commission for his nomination to a judicial office, and before the commission may accept or consider such an application, the member of the General Assembly must first resign his office and have been our of office for a period established by law. Before a member of the commission may submit an application with the commission for his nomination to a judicial office, and before the commission may accept or consider such an application, the member of the commission must not have been a member of the commission for a period established by law?"

Official summary


"This amendment would provide for the creation of a merit selection commission to nominate candidates the commission has determined to be qualified for election to judicial positions. To be considered by the merit commission for a judgeship, a member of the General Assembly must first resign his office and have not held that office for a period of time established by law. A member of the merit commission, offering as a candidate for judgeship, must have been a member of the commission for a period of time established by law."

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