Monday, January 24, 2011

Rahm Emanuel Thrown Off Ballot Over Technicality

Much like the presidential aspirations of Wyclef Jean, it appears that Rahm Emanuel's dream for becoming the next mayor of Chicago may be in trouble of becoming a dream deferred.  Apparently in order to become the mayor of Chi-town you actually have to live in Chi-Town.  Who knew?  Per the associated press:

An Illinois appellate court on Monday threw former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel off the ballot for Chicago mayor because he didn't live in the city in the year before the election.
The decision cast doubt over Emanuel's candidacy just a month before the election. He had been considered the front-runner and had raised more money than any other candidate.
The court voted 2-1 to overturn a lower-court ruling that would have kept his name on the Feb. 22 ballot.
Emanuel plans to appeal the matter to the Illinois Supreme Court. Early voting was set to begin on Jan. 31.
State residency requirements are a tricky thing because they're not like national residency issues where the nation of one's birth determines citizenship. You can become a resident of a state simply by intending to return to a state where you previously lived, provided that you used to live there for a certain amount of time.  Anybody who has ever attended college is probably familiar with this general rule. So although Emanuel is out for now, he still has one last shot at the Illinois Supreme Court which may overturn this ruling in his favor.  On the other hand, States have a vested interest in stopping outsiders from seeking elected office within their borders.  The rationale is pretty straight forward - if you don't live in a state then you probably don't know what's going on in the state.  Bottom line, there are strong arguments on both sides of this fence.

Should Rahm be included on the Chicago Mayoral ballot?
Do you think that any of the other Mayoral candidates had anything to do with this appellate court decision?
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