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History of Reform Efforts: Montana

Altering Selection Methods

Selection method and term lengths for Montana judges are prescribed in the state's constitution, except that judicial elections are nonpartisan according to statute. Moving to an appointive system or altering term lengths would require a constitutional amendment. Constitutional amendments may be proposed by two thirds of the members of the legislature or by initiative petition signed by at least 10% of the qualified electors of the state. Proposed amendments must then be approved by a majority of voters.