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Issue 1 Seeks to Raise Arbitrary Age Limit for Judges

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Under current Ohio law, judges cannot run for election after turning 70. The law, deemed “darn arbitrary” by critics, may change.

Last month, the state legislature voted to put an issue on the ballot that would raise to 76 the age a judge could run for office. The provision, Issue 1, would mean that a judge could serve to age 82.

If the issue fails, seventy-two of Ohio’s 718 judges would be prevented from running for new terms.

State Representative Matt Huffman (R-Lima), sponsored the resolution. The increase, which would simply allow voters more choices from which to choose judges, reflects the fact that people now live longer and retain their capabilities better.

Judges are the only elected officials in the state with age limits.

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