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State of South Carolina

History of Reform Efforts: South Carolina

Altering Selection Methods

Selection method and term lengths for South Carolina judges are prescribed in the state's constitution. Thus, any changes must come about through constitutional amendment. Either branch of the general assembly may propose a constitutional amendment. If the proposed amendment receives two-thirds approval of both the house and senate, the amendment is submitted to the voters at the next general election. If a majority of voters ratify the proposed amendment, followed by a majority of both houses of the general assembly, the amendment becomes part of the constitution.