Pa. Senate GOP challenges wording of judges' age ballot question

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 11, 2016 11:51 AM

(Harrisburg) -- Top Republican senators are suing over the wording of a ballot question that lets Pennsylvania voters decide whether to raise the mandatory retirement age of the state's judges by five years. 

The lawsuit was filed Sunday in the state Supreme Court, and Governor Tom Wolf's office says it'll respond in court Friday. It comes seven weeks before the April 26 primary election when voters will cast ballots on the question. 

The 12-page lawsuit says the ballot question written by state elections officials has unnecessary and confusing wording that the Legislature never approved.

It's asking the state Supreme Court to act swiftly to remove it. 

The state's 1,000-plus judges and justices currently must step down by the end of the year in which they turn 70. The constitutional amendment would move the age to 75.  

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