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History of Reform Efforts: Vermont

Altering Selection Methods

Selection method and term lengths for Vermont judges are prescribed in the state's constitution. Thus, any changes must occur through constitutional amendment. Only the senate, by a two-thirds vote, may propose amendments to the constitution. The proposal must then be approved by a majority of the house of representatives during the same session. At the next legislative session, a majority of both the senate and the house must approve the proposed amendment in order for it to be submitted to the voters. Approval of a majority of voters is required.