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Measure Details

Proposed Constitutional Amendment: To Raise the Maximum Age an Individual Can Occupy Judicial Office from 70 to 76

Ohio Ballot Measure - Issue 1

Election: Nov. 8, 2011 (Special)
Outcome: Failed

Categories:
Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
Government Operations
Government Operations
Judicial Branch

Yes
1,246,535
(37.97%)

Argument For

No
2,036,080
(62.03%)

Argument Against

Summary

The Ohio Constitution currently prohibits a judge from taking office if the judge is seventy years
old on or before the day the judge takes office. The proposed amendment prohibits a judge from
taking office if the judge is older than seventy-five on or before the day of the election or
appointment, as opposed to seventy on or before the day the judge takes office.

The proposed amendment also repeals the section of the Ohio Constitution that allows the
General Assembly to establish courts of conciliation to resolve disputes if parties submitted the
dispute and agreed to abide by the judgment.

Finally, the proposed amendment repeals the section of the Ohio Constitution that allows the
Governor, with the advice and consent of the Senate, to appoint a five member Supreme Court
Commission to assist the Court dispose of business on the CourtÂ’s docket.

If approved, the amendment would take effect immediately.

Measure Text


    Proposed by Joint Resolution of the General Assembly

    To amend Section 6 of Article IV and to repeal Sections 19 and 22 of Article IV of the Constitution of the State of Ohio

    A majority yes vote is required for the amendment to Section 6 and the repeal of Sections 19 and 22 to pass.

    This proposed amendment would:

    1. Increase the maximum age for assuming elected or appointed judicial office from seventy to seventy-five.

    2. Eliminate the General Assembly's authority to establish courts of conciliation.

    3. Eliminate the Governor's authority to appoint members to a Supreme Court Commission.

    If approved, the amendment shall take effect immediately.

    A "YES" vote means approval of the amendment to Section 6 and the repeal of Sections 19 and 22.

    A "NO" vote means disapproval of the amendment to Section 6 and the repeal of Sections 19 and 22.

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