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Judicial Selection in the States: New Mexico

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I mentioned a few weeks ago an effort to remove all bar-selected members of Iowa s judicial selection commissions. Now the latest efforts have come...

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West Virginia s current voting system for the state s courts are both nonpartisan (as of 2015) and plurality-win. This meant that in the 2016...

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The North Carolina House Elections Committee earlier today approved HB 100, a bill to return the state s trial court (Superior District) races to partisan....

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Courtesy of the Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of...

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The New Mexico judiciary consists of a supreme court, a court of appeals, a district court, and various trial courts of limited jurisdiction. New Mexico judges were originally chosen in partisan elections, but in 1988, voters approved a constitutional amendment creating a hybrid system of judicial selection that includes merit selection, partisan elections, and retention elections. When a judicial vacancy occurs, the appropriate nominating commission recommends qualified candidates to the governor, and the governor makes an appointment. At the next general election, a contested partisan election is held to fill the seat for the remainder of the term. The successful candidate runs in retention elections thereafter. The threshold for retention is higher in New Mexico than in most other states; judges must receive at least 57% in affirmative votes to be retained.