Judge Upholds Ballot Summary for Missouri Court Measure

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri judge has upheld the ballot language of a proposed constitutional amendment on appointments to the state Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals.

Secretary of State Robin Carnahan wrote the summary that will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot. A lawsuit argued Carnahan’s language was unfair and obscured the measure’s true effect.

In a ruling Monday, Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem said the summary could have been better but was sufficient and fair under the law. Opponents of Carnahan’s summary plan to appeal.

Missouri lawmakers passed the measure this year. 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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