Missouri’s current Nonpartisan Court Plan is a model for the nation with more than 30 states adopting the same or a similar court plan. There are no good reasons to dismantle this successful, impartial and widely-copied judicial selection process.
The proposed changes will give governors more power in the judicial selection process, bringing partisan politics (as it was until about 1940) back into a system that now is fair and impartial. The League of Women Voters has supported the Nonpartisan Court Plan from its inception; there is no need for change.
Let’s not turn back the clock.
If we want to be assured that politics will not enter the judicial selection process, Vote No on Amendment 3.
Marilyn McLeod and Carol Schreiber are co-presidents of the League of Women Voters of Columbia-Boone County.