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History of Reform Efforts: Virginia

Altering Selection Methods

The Virginia Constitution prescribes the selection method and term lengths for Virginia judges. Thus, any changes must come about through constitutional amendment. Either branch of the general assembly may propose constitutional amendments. If the proposed amendment receives majority approval in both the house of delegates and the senate in two consecutive legislative sessions, the amendment is submitted to all qualified voters at the next general election. Majority approval by voters is required for ratification.