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Voters might care where Mosby's challengers live; the courts probably wont

Voters might care where Mosby's challengers live; the courts probably wont

Attorneys Ivan Bates and Thiru Vignarajah are hardly the first candidates for political office in Maryland to be sued over residency requirements. There’s a long history of case law on the question of what it means to “reside” in a particular jurisdiction, as the Maryland Constitution requires candidates for state’s attorney to do for two years before the election. The gist of the case law, which dates back to at least 1890 and has been consistent since at least the 1950s, is that it doesn’t matter where you sleep most of the time, where you keep a toothbrush, where you get your mail or even what house you list as a primary residence for tax purposes. Where you vote doesn’t even...

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