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History of Reform Efforts: Iowa

Altering Selection Methods

The Iowa Constitution governs the selection process for supreme court, court of appeals, and district court judges and the length of judicial terms. Therefore, any changes in selection method or term length must occur through constitutional amendment. A majority of the members of each house of the general assembly must approve the proposed amendment in two successive legislative sessions, followed by approval of a majority of voters at the next general election.