On this date, Missourians adopted what’s known as the Missouri Plan, designed to give voters the option of retaining or releasing judges from their posts. It has been implemented in some form by more than 30 states and is designed to reduce the influence of money and politics in judicial elections, according to YourMissouriJudges.org, a project of The Missouri Bar. The collage pictured here shows Missouri’s judges circa 1908.

Photo credit: (1908) The judiciary of the state of Missouri. , 1908. [New York: publisher not transcribed] [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2018696893/.