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Senate clears way to delay vote on judicial retirement age

The Associated Press

HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Wolf’s office says it’ll pull a question from the primary election ballot that asks voters whether to change the mandatory retirement age for judges from 70 to 75.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf speaks during a news conference on Tuesday, March 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

The Senate passed a non-binding resolution Monday by a 32 to 17 vote to put it on the Nov. 8 general election ballot, rather than the April 26 primary election ballot.

The resolution also directs the question to be phrased so it doesn’t mention the current retirement age is 70.

The House approved the resolution last week. Moving the retirement age for about 1,000 judges requires changing the Pennsylvania Constitution.

Opponents say the move wastes more than $1 million in advertising and printing costs. Some counties already printed primary ballots with the question on it.

Supporters argue more people will be voting in November.