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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Voters to decide on election of judges

  • Voters in Leavenworth and Atchison counties will have a chance to decide whether they want to elect district court judges instead of having them appointed by the governor.


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  • Voters in Leavenworth and Atchison counties will have a chance to decide whether they want to elect district court judges instead of having them appointed by the governor.
    Abbie Hodgson, director of public affairs for the Kansas secretary of state, said a petition to have a question about the election of judges placed on the November ballot has been “verified as sufficient.”
    The question will appear on general election ballots in the 1st Judicial District, which is made up of Leavenworth and Atchison counties.
    Voters will be asked if they wish to replace the current system for appointing judges with one in which judges are elected to their posts.
    Judges already are elected by voters in some parts of the state. But the 1st Judicial District uses a system in which a commission nominates candidates to fill a vacancy. The governor then appoints one of the nominees to serve as judge, according to a Web site for the state’s judicial branch.
    After being appointed, a judge’s name appears on an election ballot every four years for a retention vote.
    There are 17 judicial districts representing 52 counties in Kansas that use this appointment process, according the judicial Web site.
    Hodgson said the petition, which was turned into the Secretary of State’s Office July 27, needed to have at least 1,158 valid signatures in order to be verified as sufficient.

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