Judge Reviews Ballot Summary For Missouri Court Measure

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – A Missouri judge is considering the fairness of ballot language for a proposal dealing with appointments to the state Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals.

Democratic Secretary of State Robin Carnahan wrote the summary of the proposed constitutional amendment that will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot. A lawsuit filed in July contends Carnahan’s summary is unfair and obscures the measure’s true effect.

Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem did not immediately rule after a hearing Friday.

The proposal was approved this year by the Republican-led Legislature. It would increase the number of gubernatorial appointees on the commission that nominates finalists for the state’s appellate courts. It would also increase from three to four the number of finalists from which the governor makes appointments.

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