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Pennsylvania: judge blocks referendum in Allegheny County

AP reports: Allegheny County voters will not get to decide in May whether the sheriff should be appointed rather than elected.

County Judge Eugene B. Strassburger III on Wednesday blocked the proposed referendum, saying the county has to wait five years after its last change to home-rule government to make any new changes.

The county amended its form of government in 2005 by allowing six of 10 previously elected row offices to be appointed. The county tried to bypass the five-year rule by having the decision on the sheriff's position take effect in 2010. -- PennLive.com: NewsFlash - Judge bars May vote on appointing Allegheny County sheriff

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