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Wyoming voters reject Constitutional Amendment B, deciding to leave judge retirement age at 70

Wyoming Supreme Court Chief Justice Kate Fox administers the oath of office to Rep. J.D. Williams in the House Chamber of the Wyoming State Capitol in Cheyenne in Oct. 2021 (Wyoming Legislature)

CASPER, Wyo. — During the General Election, voters rejected an amendment to the Wyoming Constitution to raise the mandatory retirement age for Wyoming Supreme Court justices and district court judges.

About 60% of voters cast a vote against Constitutional Amendment B, according to the Wyoming Secretary of State’s Office. With all 23 counties reporting after midnight, 115,812 voted against and 74,633 voted for the amendment. Results have yet to be finally certified.

The amendment would have raised the mandatory retirement age from 70 to 75 years old for district court judges and Wyoming Supreme Court justices. With voters rejecting the amendment, the mandatory retirement age will remain at 70 years old.

While some states like South Dakota, Michigan, Arizona and New York have 70 marked as the mandatory retirement age for judges, others have higher retirement ages, and 19 states have no mandatory retirement age for judges, according to Ballotpedia.

Further information regarding the proposal to raise Wyoming’s mandatory retirement age for judges is available in this article.


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