Court OKs decision to delay judge retirement ballot question

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 6, 2016 11:15 AM

(Harrisburg) -- A Pennsylvania court is upholding the Legislature's last minute decision to invalidate the April primary vote about whether to give sitting judges five more years before they have to retire, a ballot referendum that lost narrowly.

The decision Wednesday by a three-judge Commonwealth Court panel said the General Assembly acted properly under its broad powers to determine when voters will vote on constitutional amendments.

Sen. Daylin Leach of Montgomery County, one of three sitting Democratic senators who filed the lawsuit, says an appeal to the state Supreme Court is all but certain.

Voters in April turned down the proposal by an unofficial margin of 51 percent to 49 percent, results that elections officials didn't certify. It'll go before voters for a second time in November.

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