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History of Reform Efforts: Nevada

Altering Selection Methods

Selection method and term lengths for Nevada 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 in either house of the legislature. Amendments proposed by the legislature must be approved by a majority of the members of both houses in two consecutive regular sessions. The amendment must then be ratified by a majority of voters. Amendments may also be proposed by initiative petition. Such petitions must be signed by a number of registered voters equal to at least 10% of the number of registered voters in the last general election. Amendments proposed by initiative petition must be ratified by a majority of voters in two consecutive general elections.