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AARP Urges YES Vote on Constitutional Question 3


On this year’s general election ballot, Hawaii voters will consider a proposed constitutional amendment that would extend the mandatory retirement age for state judges and justices from 70 to 80 years of age. AARP Hawaii is urging a YES vote on this ballot measure.

“Age alone does not determine whether someone can do their job,” said AARP Hawaii State President Gerry Silva. “State judges today are forced to retire at the age of 70, and that includes those who have the wisdom and experience to continue serving productively. Hawaii should follow the example set by the federal system, which does not subject Supreme Court or other federal judges to mandatory retirement.”

The mandatory retirement age for state judges hasn’t changed since Hawaii’s constitution was written back in 1959, even though residents are healthier and more productive than at any time in our history. If the retirement age is increased to 80, safeguards will remain in place – such as judicial reviews – that would determine whether a judge is qualified to serve another term.

The text that will appear on the ballot reads: “Shall the mandatory retirement age for all state court justices and judges be increased from seventy to eighty years of age?”

Voters are reminded that a blank vote counts as a ‘no,’ and urged to vote YES on Constitutional Question number three.

For over 28 years, non-partisan voter education has been part of AARP’s mission to help Americans live their best lives. AARP does not endorse candidates, have a political action committee (PAC), or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates. For more information on where candidates for state and federal office stand on issues important to Hawaii’s families check the AARP Voter Guide.

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with nearly 150,000 members in Hawaii. AARP helps people turn goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities, and fights for the issues that matter most to families – including healthcare, employment and income security, retirement planning, affordable utilities, and protection from financial abuse.

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