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Government and Politics

Ohio voters reject Issue 1
An amendment that would have raised the age limit for judges failed to pass
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Karen Kasler

Ohio voters rejected the first issue on the statewide ballot yesterday. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler has details.

Kasler reports on the defeat of Issue 1

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Insiders had predicted a defeat for Issue 1, which would have raised the mandatory retirement age for judges to 75. The vote upholds a 1973 law that caps judicial age at 70.

The state’s Prosecuting Attorneys Association supported a no vote, as did Democrats, who said raising the age would keep the lock Republicans have had on the Ohio Supreme Court and lower courts.

But Republicans urged a yes vote, and the state’s top vote getter last year, Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor, appeared in ads to argue that older judges offer valuable experience. The defeat potentially affects 10 percent of sitting judges over the next six years.
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What gets me is the hype on this one issue. The public still has to VOTE the person in, no matter what the candidate's age is. This is just a merry-go-round kind of issue: "Time's up, see-ya, next." Nothing here is based on merits of doing a good job, or not. This is Politics only, which should have nothing to do with the issue. Another point you hear is that sitting "elder" Judges are "double dipping," I think it more that they are doing work for a paycheck. Pensions or paychecks, should be stayed during work times though if they are collecting both, they should "take home" the greater figure, a small percentage perhaps, not just adding both together to net greater than than the larger figure.

Posted by: Extremely Disgruntled (Ohio) on November 9, 2011 8:11AM
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