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State of Nebraska

History of Reform Efforts: Nebraska

Altering Selection Methods

Selection method and term lengths for Nebraska judges are prescribed in the state's constitution. Thus, any changes must occur through constitutional amendment. Amendments may be proposed by a three- fifths vote of the legislature or by initiative petition signed by 10% of registered voters. The proposed amendment is then submitted to the voters at the next legislative election or at a special election called by a four-fifths vote of the legislature. If a majority of voters approve the proposed amendment, it becomes part of the constitution.