Sunday, March 26, 2023

Tennessee Voters Approve Amendment 2


Share post:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee voters OK constitutional amendment enshrining merit selection for appellate judges.

The constitution has said that Supreme Court justices “shall be elected by the qualified voters of the state.” But since 1994, they have been appointed by the governor. Voters then decide whether to keep or replace them in uncontested retention elections.

The same system has been in place for other appellate judges since 1971. But merit selection has been challenged repeatedly as a violation of the constitution.

The amendment now writes the system into the constitution with an additional provision that gives the Legislature the power to reject a nominee.

Related articles

Election 2014 Results Roundup

Gov. Bill Haslam took his re-election easily, amassing 70 percent of the vote in both the state and...

Amendment 1 Voting By the Precinct

Despite precincts in the city center voting down the abortion regulation measure, Amendment 1 passed in Rutherford County.

See How Your Precinct Voted on the Wine Referendum

Rutherford County Voters overwhelmingly chose to support legislation that will bring wine to area grocery stores.

Voters Approve Constitutional Income Tax Ban

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Voters have approved a change to the Tennessee Constitution that would prohibit lawmakers from...