WOODBURY - Voters are being asked to approve a measure that would raise the retirement age for judges across the state.

Proposal 6 would raise the mandatory retirement age of state court judges from 70 to 80. State records show that the judicial ranks are not keeping pace with the increase in caseloads.

Larry Levy, of Hofstra University, says that raising the retirement age would encourage talented attorneys to seek judicial office and alleviate the shortage.

Proposal 6 would require those who serve past the age of 70 to undergo a medical examination every two years and be approved by a board of judges.