Tom Pendergast

Missouri Voters Should Keep Missouri Pan

More than 70 years ago Missouri voters did something that 34 other states have since adopted. After Tom Pendergast tried to buy an election of a Supreme Court judge, Missouri voters decided to set up a judicial nomination commission to interview candidates and pick a pool of three nominees from which the Governor may select.

Under the Missouri Plan, a non-partisan commission reviews candidates for a judicial vacancy. The commission sends the governor a list of candidates considered best qualified to which the governor then has sixty days to select a candidate from the list.