Sunday, February 08, 2009

Why can't a homeless person run for office?

A homeless man is running for a seat on the board of a suburban Chicago village.

Daniel Fore filed nominating petitions to have his name placed on the ballot for village trustee in the April 7 election. The petitions indicate he is homeless.

But two Oak Park residents have filed objections, claiming a person without a fixed address cannot run for office or register to vote.

Attorneys representing Fore said a homeless person can legally register to vote and can circulate nominating petitions. They also said the objections to Fore's candidacy are incomplete and invalid.

Read the Chicago Tribune report here.

And read more about the voting rights of homeless persons here.


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