Senate GOP challenges wording of judges’ age ballot question

Pennsylvania officials are in court battling over the wording of a ballot question that lets voters decide whether to raise the mandatory retirement age of judges by five years.

Senate Republicans sued Sunday and the attorney general’s office responded Friday, asking the court to dismiss the case.

The state’s lawyers say senators want to eliminate information that’s helpful to voters and changing the wording now would make it impossible to get it on the April 26 primary election ballot.

But senators say the ballot question written by elections officials has unnecessary and confusing wording and it’s asking the court to act swiftly to remove it.

Pennsylvania’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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