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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Supporters of a Missouri ballot measure changing the selection process for top judges say they won’t campaign for it because they don’t like the summary that voters will see.

Proponents of the measure said Tuesday that they would not appeal a court ruling rejecting their challenge to the official ballot summary prepared by Secretary of State Robin Carnahan’s office. They issued a statement saying they still believe Carnahan’s summary is biased against the measure. Because of that, supporters said they won’t spend money on a traditional campaign for the measure.

The proposed constitutional amendment would change the membership of a screening panel that submits nominees to the governor to fill vacancies on the Supreme Court and appeals courts. It also would give the governor more choices for appointments.