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Constitutional Amendment on November Ballot
What does Amendment Two mean to voters in Tennessee?
In November, voters will be asked whether they approve Amendment 2 which provides that the governor will select appellate judges, subject to approval by the legislature. Sitting judges will then sit for retention elections every eight years.
The proposed amendment provides:
Judges of the Supreme Court or any intermediate appellate court shall be appointed for a full term or to fill a vacancy by and at the discretion of the governor; shall be confirmed by the legislature; and thereafter, shall be elected in a retention election by the qualified voters of the state. Confirmation by default occurs if the Legislature fails to reject an appointee within sixty calendar days of either the date of appointment, if made during the annual legislative session, or the convening date of the next annual legislative session, if made out of session. The Legislature is authorized to prescribe such provisions as may be necessary to carry out Sections two and three of this article.
At the KBA's Board of Governors meeting on August 20, the Board adopted a resolution in support of Amendment 2.
The Tennessee Bar Association has created a resource page to help lawyers and members of the public understand Amendment 2.