Thin majority OK raising judge retirement age

With over 90 percent of votes counted, Pennsylvanians were supporting by a razor-thin margin an increase in the mandatory retirement age for judges.

The constitutional amendment put before voters Tuesday would allow judges to work until the age of 75, instead of 70.

Passage of the ballot measure would mean Republican Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Saylor won’t have to retire next month, and Democratic Justice Max Baer won’t have to step down at the end of next year.

The measure went before voters this spring, but lawmakers invalidated the results shortly before primary voters narrowly turned it down.

The wording was later changed so that the ballot wouldn’t explicitly say the change would extend the age.

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