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President Barack Obama eligible for candidacy in the 2012 Presidential Election.

Topic: Elections, Decided by Judge Malihi 
Docket Number: 1215136 , Decision Date: 2012-02-03 
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Plaintiffs alleged that President Barack Obama was not a “natural born citizen” of the United States as required by Article II of the United States Constitution and was therefore ineligible to run for the office of President of the United States.  Plaintiffs produced no competent [..] Read More..

Ownership of property outside of district where candidate seeks office insufficient to undermine persuasive evidence of legal residency.

Topic: Elections, Decided by Judge Gatto 
Docket Number: 0418341 , Decision Date: 2004-06-02 
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Mr. Ralph Hudgens established that he was qualified to run for State Senate in District 47 through persuasive evidence that he was a legal resident of that district.  The fact that Hudgens owned, and sometimes stayed in, property outside of District 47 did not disqualify [..] Read More..

Senate candidate established residency by demonstrating physical presence in the district and intent to remain.

Topic: Elections, Decided by Judge Malihi 
Docket Number: 1411739 , Decision Date: 2013-10-17 
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The Georgia Constitution requires candidates for State Senate to have been legal residents of the district in which they are running for at least one year preceding the date of the election.  In December 2011, Matthew Laughridge, a Republican candidate for State Senate District Fourteen, [..] Read More..

Georgia law did not render qualifications for Public Service Commission candidates identical to those of gubernatorial candidates.

Topic: Elections, Decided by Judge Gatto 
Docket Number: 00-21599 , Decision Date: 2000-05-01 
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The requirement under Georgia law that the election of PSC Commissioners be held under “the same rules and regulations as apply to the election of [the] Governor” does not impose on PSC candidates qualification criteria identical to those of candidates for Governor, such as a [..] Read More..

Admission to practice law in another state may fulfill the Georgia Constitution’s requirement that potential judges “shall have been admitted to practice law for seven years.”

Topic: Elections, Decided by Judge Malihi 
Docket Number: 1104352 , Decision Date: 2010-09-08 
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The Georgia Constitution provides that “[a]ppellate and superior court judges shall have been admitted to practice law for seven years.” Secretary of State Brian Kemp challenged Ms. Adrienne Hunter-Strother’s candidacy for the Georgia Court of Appeals asserting that the valid date for determination of her [..] Read More..

Temporary residence without the intent to change domicile does not affect legal residence.

Topic: Elections, Decided by Judge Gatto 
Docket Number: 0418340 , Decision Date: 2004-06-03 
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DuBose Porter affirmatively established that he was qualified to be a candidate for the Georgia House of Representatives in District 143 through persuasive evidence of his legal residence therein.  Porter’s legal residence in District 143 was not undermined by evidence of his ownership, and part-time [..] Read More..

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