On the Ballot
Amendment 2: Terms of Judicial Offices
Mary Beth Sallee
Candidates aren’t the only items appearing on Kentucky ballots during the election.
Amendment 2 on the ballot is asking voters whether or not to extend the terms of district judges and commonwealth’s attorneys. It also asks whether or not to change the licensing requirements for district judges, requiring more experience.
Supporters of this amendment want prosecutors’ and judges’ terms to align with one other.
According to the Ballotpedia.org website, a “yes” vote supports amending the Kentucky Constitution to make the following changes:
- increase the office terms of commonwealth’s attorneys from six years to eight years starting in 2030;
- increase the office terms of district judges from four years to eight years starting in 2022;
- change attorney licensing requirements for district judges from two years to eight years beginning in 2022.
However, those against this amendment say that eight-year terms are too long.
A “no” vote opposes amending the Kentucky Constitution to increase the term limits of commonwealth’s attorneys and district judges and also opposes change licensing requirements for district judges.
Again, no matter how you vote, do your research and be informed. Make sure to find credible information from both opponents and supporters of all amendments that are on this year’s ballot.