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History of Reform Efforts: Washington

Altering Selection Methods

Washington's constitution calls for the election of judges; nonpartisan judicial elections are prescribed by statute. Term lengths for supreme court and superior court judges are set in the constitution; term lengths for court of appeals judges are statutory. Constitutional amendments may be proposed by either branch of the legislature and must be approved by two thirds of both houses. Proposed amendments are submitted to the voters at the next general election and must be ratified by a majority of voters.