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Maximum judge age will remain the same
Ohioans voted down Issue 1, the proposed amendment to allow people up to age 75 to run for judge
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Alison Ritchie

About the only issue to lose bigger than State Issue 2 on Tuesday was State Issue 1. Voters decided by a margin of 62 to 38 percent that people older than 70 should not be running for judge.

Issue 1 would have raised the age limit from 70 to 75.  Proponents argued that older judges offer more experience and that the age limit should reflect increasing life expectances. But they weren’t swaying voters like Peter Pergins of Stark County.

Pergins says the 70-year-old judges can retire to allow for new ones.

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“I think 70 years old is old enough, and then once they do that, they can go around to different counties to substitute. But I think that that 70 is long enough, then they can retire and other people … can be judges,” he says. 

The third of the statewide issues on Tuesday’s ballot is a state constitutional amendment that proponents say would block the most unpopular aspects of the federal healthcare overhaul.

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