Viewpoint: 1978 Vote Not Really About Merit Selection

In an opinion piece for the Tennessean, political journalist Jeff Wilson explains how a 1978 vote often cited as rejecting the Tennessee Plan was not really about the state's current method for picking appellate judges. According to Wilson, the 1978 constitutional amendment would have dramatically reshaped every aspect of the state judiciary, with merit selection as a side issue. The Modified Missouri Plan used during the late1970s was the model for merit selection in the constitutional amendment. The current Tennessee Plan wasn’t created until the 1990’s and improved the merit portion of merit selection, Wilson writes.