Secretary of State John Gale has reached a split decision on the qualifications of Bob Kerrey as a candidate for United States Senate.
Gales has ruled that though Kerrey failed to meet state residency requirements when he filed for office February 29th, but does meet the less strict requirements outlined by the United States Constitution. The ultimate result of Gale’s findings is that Kerrey’s name will appear on the May 15th Democratic primary election ballot.
Gale said he reviewed the challenge issued by the Republican Party and written responses from Kerrey and his attorney, which also addressed questions the Secretary of State’s office raised. Gale also reviewed Douglas County voter registration rolls, property records as well as both state and federal law.
“This situation was complicated by Mr. Kerrey’s candidacy filing right before the deadline and right after filing two voter registration forms with different addresses within 24 hours,” Gale said in a written statement.
Republicans raised allegations of criminal election falsification relating to the voter registration applications. Gale said it was up to local law enforcement and county attorneys to investigate those allegations, not the Secretary of State’s office.
Kerrey will join Steven Lustgarten, Sherman Yates, Larry Marvin, and Chuck Hassebrook on the ballot for the Democratic nomination for U. S. Senate. Hassebrook has withdrawn from the race, but his name will remain on the ballot.