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History of Reform Efforts: Michigan

Altering Selection Methods

Selection methods and term lengths for Michigan judges are prescribed in the state's constitution, except that the nomination process for supreme court justices is established by statute. Constitutional amendments may be proposed in the senate or house of representatives and must be approved by two thirds of the members of each house. Amendments may also be proposed by initiative petition signed by registered electors equal in number to at least 10% of the total votes cast for governor in the most recent gubernatorial election. Proposed amendments must then be ratified by a majority of voters.