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History of Reform Efforts: Ohio

Altering Selection Methods

According to Ohio's constitution, judges are to be elected to terms of not less than six years. This provision allows the general assembly to lengthen judicial terms. The general assembly also determines whether judicial elections are partisan or nonpartisan. Moving to an appointive system for judges would require amending the constitution. Constitutional amendments may be proposed by a three-fifths vote of both houses of the general assembly, or by an initiative petition signed by 10% of the state's electors. Proposed amendments must then be ratified by a majority of voters at a special or general election.