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History of Reform Efforts: Utah

Altering Selection Methods

Selection method and term lengths for Utah judges are prescribed in the state's constitution. Thus, any changes must occur through constitutional amendment. Amendments may be proposed in either house of the legislature and must be approved by two thirds of the members of each house. Amendments may also be proposed by initiative petition signed by a number of registered voters equal to 10% of all votes cast for governor in the most recent gubernatorial election. Proposed amendments must then be ratified by a majority of voters.