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•Minnesota. A bill would let voters change the state's constitution to allow the governor to appoint judges to eight-year terms. If the change is made, voters would decide whether to retain those appointed judges. But competitive elections would be banned.
• Nevada. Voters will decide a constitutional amendment in November to allow the governor to appoint judges.
• Michigan. The state Supreme Court adopted rules in November 2009 that allow the seven-member panel to decide whether one of its members should step aside in a case involving a potential conflict of interest.
Supporters of judicial elections say the process is important to the democratic process. "Elections give people the final authority on holding judges accountable," Dan Pero of The American Justice Partnership told the newspaper.
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