Missouri Supreme Court Construes Residency Requirement for Legislative Candidates Liberally

On June 19, the Missouri Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the State Constitution’s one-year residency requirement for legislative candidates should be construed permissively. The case is Gray v Taylor, SC 92620. One incumbent Democratic legislator sought to keep her Democratic opponent off the Democratic primary ballot, on the grounds that he doesn’t live in the new district in which they are competing.

The State Constitution says the one-year residency requirement, in years after redistricting, is satisfied if the candidate lives in the same county “or” the old district. The candidate who was challenged lives in the same county, but he doesn’t live in the territory that comprises the old district or the new district. The State Supreme Court said he may run. Thanks to Rick Hasen for the link.

One comment

  1. Demo Rep · · Reply

    Does the MO Const have a legislature house judging the qualifications of the members of such house ???

    — as in most States for English history reasons – the EVIL Brit monarchs versus the House of Commons for hundreds of years.

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