Supreme Court takes judge retirement age referendum case

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania’s highest court will decide whether the Legislature acted properly in April when it pulled a judicial retirement age constitutional amendment from the primary ballot to have it rewritten.

The Supreme Court said Wednesday it’ll hear the challenge to the November ballot question filed earlier this month by two former justices and a Philadelphia lawyer.

The court is giving Secretary of State Pedro Cortes until Aug. 3 to respond and is putting the case on a fast track.

The plaintiffs argue the new wording will defraud voters because it does not mention that Pennsylvania already has a judicial retirement age of 70. The constitutional amendment would change that age to 75.

The plaintiffs say some people might assume they are voting to establish a mandatory retirement age for the first time.

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