Judicial Appointments At Stake In Amendment Three

Sep 22, 2014

Credit Florida Supreme Court

Three proposed state constitutional amendment are slated for Florida’s November ballot.

So far most of the attention has been paid to two of them. Amendment Three, is asking voters to decide which person—an incoming, our outgoing governor, gets to pick district judges and Supreme Court Justices. The issue is coming up now because four current state Supreme Court Justices are term-limited.

If amendment three passes, the governor that’s elected in this upcoming November 4 election will have the power to determine the balance of the Florida Supreme Court, and that’s something voters should be aware of," says Jessica Lowe-Minor  Executive Director of the League of Women Voters of Florida.

The Amendment was placed on the ballot by the Florida legislature. Supporters say it will alleviate confusion over judicial appointments, while opponents argue an outgoing governor shouldn’t be able to appoint people who will serve under a new governor. The League of Women Voters of Florida is opposed to Amendment Three.