Judge rejects Massachusetts man's run for Kansas office

Man contends Kansas has no residency requirement

July 03, 2018 - 7:58 pm

A federal judge has rejected a request from a Massachusetts man seeking to put his name on the Republican primary ballot for Kansas attorney general.

U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren ruled from the bench Tuesday that political activist Vermin Supreme is not entitled to federal court intervention. A state board had previously ruled Supreme ineligible to run.

The Rockport, Massachusetts, man contends in a lawsuit that he should be allowed to run because Kansas has no residency requirement.

But Melgren said federal courts have interfered in state elections only in extreme circumstances, noting this case hinges on interpretation of state statutes. A Kansas judge recently ruled residency was a requirement to run for governor.

Melgren also cited the potential disruption to the August primary in Kansas.

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