An Act To Clarify Residency Requirements for Legislative Candidates
Sec. 1. 21-A MRSA §333-A is enacted to read:
§ 333-A. Qualification for state legislative office
Sec. 2. 21-A MRSA §338, as enacted by PL 1985, c. 161, §6, is amended to read:
§ 338. Write-in candidates
A person whose name will not appear on the printed primary ballot because he the person did not file a petition and consent under sections 335 and 336, but who fulfills the other qualifications under section 334, may be nominated at the primary election as a write-in candidate in accordance with section 723, subsection 1. A person may not be nominated at the primary election as a write-in candidate for State Senator or State Representative unless the primary residence of that person is located in the district the person seeks to represent.
Sec. 3. 21-A MRSA §352-A is enacted to read:
§ 352-A. Qualification for state legislative office
Sec. 4. 21-A MRSA §722-A, as amended by PL 2015, c. 447, §26, is further amended to read:
§ 722-A. Determination of declared write-in candidate
To be considered a declared write-in candidate, a person must file a declaration of write-in candidacy with the Secretary of State, on a form approved by the Secretary of State, on or before 5 p.m. on the 60th day prior to the election. The candidate must meet all the other qualifications for that office including, if applicable, the requirements of section 352-A, subsection 2.
Sec. 5. 21-A MRSA §723, sub-§1, ¶A, as amended by PL 2017, c. 248, §5, is further amended to read:
This bill clarifies that the primary residence of a candidate for election as a State Senator or State Representative must be located in the district the candidate seeks to represent on the date of the candidate's nomination for placement on a primary, general or special election ballot. The bill also clarifies that the primary residence of a candidate for election as a State Senator or State Representative must be located in the district the candidate seeks to represent for the 3 months immediately preceding the general election and, if the candidate is elected, throughout the candidate's term of office.