What it does: Measure 94 amends the Oregon Constitution by removing a requirement that judges retire by the age of 75. The mandatory retirement age was imposed in 1960. St. Helens attorney Agnes Petersen challenged it in Multnomah County Circuit Court in 2014, when she was denied a place on the ballot to run for Columbia County Circuit Court because she was older than 75. Petersen argued the constitutional provision is discriminatory, but her case was dismissed.
State lawmakers later took up the issue and referred the matter for voters to decide this election. Proponents have said the mandatory retirement age is useless and amounts to age discrimination. The Oregon Commission on Judicial Fitness and Disability provides a way to address judges’ ability to serve on the bench, they said.
Endorsements for: The City Club of Portland has said the mandatory retirement age is outdated. Members of the club cited recent research showing aging affects people differently. There is no mandatory retirement age for federal judges.
Endorsements against: No opposition group has organized against the measure.