Will Voter Registration Issues End Krish Vignarajah Run For Governor Before It Begins

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An article on Bethesda Beat (Newly Announced Gubernatorial Candidate Voted in D.C. Multiple Times While Registered in Maryland) reported some interesting information about the latest candidate for Governor in Maryland (Krish Vignarajah):

Krishanti Vignarajah, who announced Wednesday she plans to run for Maryland governor, has voted four times in Washington, D.C., while also a registered voter in Maryland, records show.

Vignarajah, 37, an attorney, first registered to vote in Maryland in 2006 at an address in Catonsville. However, she didn’t vote in the state until the 2016 general election, according to her Maryland voting history, which Bethesda Beat obtained.

While her Maryland registration remained active, she registered to vote in D.C. on Sept. 14, 2010, then voted in the city’s primary the same day, according to her D.C. voting history, also obtained by Bethesda Beat.

She listed her address at the time at an apartment building at 1701 16th St. NW in the District.

Her D.C. voting record shows that she also voted in the April 26, 2011, special election, as well as the 2012 and 2014 general elections in the city.

The most interesting part of the article is this:

In Maryland, the state constitution says a candidate for governor must have lived in the state and been a registered voter there for at least five years leading up to the election.

This is also an important fact:

Tamara Robinson, a public affairs specialist with the D.C. elections board, told Bethesda Beat Wednesday that when residents register to vote in the District, they need to cancel their voter registration in any other jurisdictions.

“On our voter registration forms, a resident must check a box that says ‘I don’t claim voting residence outside of the District of Columbia,’” Robinson said. “We consider it a legal document.”

The D.C. voter registration form notes just below the box, “If you sign this statement even though you know it is untrue, you can be convicted and fined up to $10,000 and/or jailed for up to five years.”

Will this information disqualify Krish Vignarajah ability to run for Governor in 2018? It might…I guess we just have to wait and see how it all plays out from here. I highly recommend clicking the link to the full article (above).

Scott E

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3 thoughts on “Will Voter Registration Issues End Krish Vignarajah Run For Governor Before It Begins

  1. The Constitution does not effect the candidacy. Rather, it would disqualify her from taking office: “SEC. 6. (a) If the Governor-elect is disqualified, resigns, or dies, the Lieutenant Governor-elect shall become Governor for the full term.”

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