Judge dismisses residency case against Maryland gubernatorial candidate Krish Vignarajah

Associated Press

A judge has dismissed a case challenging the eligibility of a candidate for governor of Maryland over residency requirements.

Krish Vignarajah, who is running for the Democratic nomination, said Tuesday she is excited to move beyond the case and focus on the issues.

“I'm pleased to announce that the #AnneArundel Circuit Court dismissed the politically motivated #lawsuit attacking my #eligibility today in less than 30 minutes! As I've said many times before—and the judge affirmed—I am absolutely eligible to serve as the #Governor of #Maryland,” Vignarajah wrote in a tweet.

Anne Arundel Circuit Court Judge Alison Asti dismissed the lawsuit after finding the lawsuit wasn't filed in time.

Maryland has a five-year residency requirement to run for governor.

Vignarajah, of Gaithersburg, Maryland, registered to vote in the state in 2006. She voted in Washington, D.C., as recently as 2014 when she worked as an aide to former first lady Michelle Obama. She says she considered Maryland her home, never let her Maryland registration lapse and didn't vote in the two jurisdictions in the same election.

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