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History of Reform Efforts: Hawaii

Altering Selection Methods

Selection method and term lengths for Hawaii judges are prescribed in the Hawaii Constitution. Amendments to the constitution may be proposed by constitutional convention or by the legislature. Amendments proposed by the legislature must be approved by two thirds of each house in one session or by a majority of each house in two successive sessions. Proposed amendments must be ratified by a majority of voters, with the majority constituting at least 50% of the votes cast in the election or, in the case of a special election, at least 30% of the total number of registered voters.