Missourians Vote Overwhelmingly to Keep Politics Out of
Our Courts By Defeating Amendment 3
Jefferson City, Mo. — For the second election cycle in a row, Missourians have turned back attempts to overturn the Missouri Nonpartisan Court Plan. The overwhelming defeat of Amendment 3 shows Missourians have no appetite for giving politicians or special interests greater power to pick Missouri judges, according to the Missourians for Fair and Impartial Courts Committee (MFICC).
MFICC, the leading opponent of Amendment 3, brought together a diverse coalition of retired judges, business leaders and community leaders to educate voters on why putting politicians and special interests in charge of Missouri’s judicial selection process is dangerous. The defeat of Amendment 3 marks the first time since 2006 that Missouri voters have defeated a constitutional amendment or proposition on Missouri’s ballot.
“Missourians have now spoken loudly and clearly that attempts to overturn our nonpartisan court plan are simply not welcome,” said Skip Walther,
MFICC Treasurer and former Missouri Bar President. “Missourians saw right through this cynical attempt by politicians and special interests to give themselves more power in selecting our judges and injecting partisan politics into our courtrooms. The Missouri Nonpartisan Court Plan has served Missourians well for 72 years and MFICC is proud to have led this hugely successful effort to preserve a judicial selection process that has become a model for the nation.”
MFICC said the overwhelming defeat of Amendment 3 will make it even more difficult for politicians and special interests to come back a third time and attempt to overturn the Missouri Nonpartisan Court Plan.
The Honorary Co-Chairs of MFICC are former Missouri Supreme Court judges William Ray Price, Jr., Ronnie L. White, John C. Holstein, Ann K. Covington, Michael A. Wolff and Edward D. “Chip” Robertson, Jr. To learn more about MFICC, please visit www.mofaircourts.com